The mission of IMPH is to collectively inform policy to improve health and health care.


Fostering a spirit of innovation and collaboration through partnerships
Practicing and promoting diversity and inclusion
Including health equity in all policies
Generating outcomes with measurable impact

The Importance of Health Equity

The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health believes that all South Carolinians should have every opportunity to be as healthy as possible. For this to occur, systems and policies must be designed to remove barriers that may lead to health inequities and integrate practices that support access so that everyone has what they need to be their healthiest. Our work to educate and inform policy is focused on health equity as a means of improving overall health in South Carolina.

What We Do


translate research findings for analysis


The South Carolina Institute of Medicine & Public Health (IMPH) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to collectively inform policy to improve health and health care in South Carolina. In conducting its work, IMPH takes a comprehensive approach to advancing health issues through data analysis and translation and collaborative engagement.

How We Do It

IMPH seeks to achieve its mission by convening a diverse group of stakeholders around health issues important to South Carolina.

Our Tenets

We’re nonpartisan

We use evidence-based information

We focus on the health issues of South Carolinians


The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) was established in 2011 as an informed, neutral, nonpartisan convener around the important health issues in our state. IMPH also serves as a provider of evidence-based information. IMPH is an extension of the South Carolina Public Health Institute, which was established in 2007 under funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and expanded with support from The Duke Endowment. Since the formation of IMPH in 2011, the work of the Institute has received expanded support from a diverse array of public and private sources. Additional funding is secured through grants and contracts addressing a variety of projects central to the purpose and mission of IMPH. IMPH is a member of the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), which represents a diverse array of entities working in collaboration with federal, state and local partners to foster innovations that improve the public’s health. IMPH serves as the lead dissemination agent in South Carolina for the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

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