Health Policy Fellows Program


Join an elite class of legislator fellows and learn about resources and tools to assist when making health policy decisions.

What You’ll Learn

Improving Health in South Carolina: Challenges and Opportunities

This class orients participants to South Carolina’s health status and determinants of health. Participants address questions related to the human and financial burden of poor health status and discuss innovative solutions that are being implemented nationally and across South Carolina.

Health Systems and Financing: Improving Return on Investment

This class enables participants to learn more about key issues related to the delivery of health care in the U.S. and South Carolina. An overview of the current structure of health care systems and financing is provided. Participants discuss changes that are occurring in our country as new philosophies emerge about how to pay for health care. They also address health care as a unique industry that does not adhere to basic economic theory.

Working Together to Improve Health

Health and health care delivery are among the most complex and divisive issues in our political system. During the final class of the Health Policy Fellows Program, participants learn how to explore productive models of communicating complex and polarizing issues by using a practical framework for engaging in open, balanced and effective dialogue.
3 Sessions over 3 Months
September 14, 2021
October 12, 2021
November 9, 2021
Rep. Terry Alexander - 2015 (D-59)
Rep. Rita Allison - 2013 (R-36)
Rep. Carl Anderson - 2015 (D-103)
Rep. Todd Atwater - 2017 (R-87)
Rep. Jimmy Bales - 2015 (D-80)
Rep. Justin Bamberg - 2015 (D-90)
Rep. Beth Bernstein - 2015 (D-78)
Rep. Jeff Bradley - 2015 (R-123)
Rep. Robert Brown - 2015 (D-116)
Rep. Paula Rawl Calhoon - 2019 (R-87)
Rep. Micajah “Micah” Caskey IV - 2017 (R-89)
Rep. Gary Clary - 2015 (R-3)
Rep. Alan Clemmons - 2015 (R-107)
Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter - 2013 (D-66)
Rep. Derham Cole - 2015 (R-32)
Rep. Neal Collins - 2015 (R-5)
Sen. Ronnie Cromer - 2019 (R-18)
Rep. Sylleste Davis - 2017 (R-100)
Rep. Chandra Dillard - 2015 (D-23)
Rep. MaryGail Douglas - 2015 (D-41)
Rep. Raye Felder - 2017 (R-26)
Rep. Cally “Cal” Forrest - 2017 (R-39)
Rep. Laurie Funderburk - 2013 (D-52)
Rep. Jerry Govan - 2015 (D-95)
Rep. Phyllis Henderson - 2013 (R-21)
Rep. Donna Hicks - 2015 (R-37)
Rep. Jenny Horne - 2013 (R-94)
Rep. Joe Jefferson - 2015 (D-102)
Rep. Roger Kirby - 2015 (D-61)
Rep. David Mack - 2013 (D-109)
Sen. John Matthews - 2013 (D-39)
Rep. Annie E. McDaniel - 2019 (D-41)
Sen. Thomas McElveen - 2015 (D-35)
Rep. Cezar McKnight - 2015 (D-101)
Rep. Walt McLeod - 2015 (D-40)
Rep. Harold Mitchell - 2015 (D-31)
Rep. Dennis Moss - 2015 (R-29)
Rep. Joe Neal - 2013 (D-70)
Rep. Brandon Michael Newton - 2017 (R-45)
Sen. Floyd Nicholson - 2017 (D-10)
Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell - 2019 (D-44)
Rep. Russell Ott - 2019 (D-93)
Rep. Andy Patrick - 2013 (R-123)
Sen. Clementa Pinckney - 2013 (D-45)
Rep. Tommy Pope - 2015 (R-47)
Sen. Rex Rice - 2017 (R-2)
Rep. Leola Robinson-Simpson - 2017 (D-25)
Rep. Mike Ryhal - 2013 (R-56)
Sen. Ronnie Sabb - 2017 (D-32)
Sen. Katrina Frye Shealy - 2017 (R-23)
Rep. Eddie Tallon - 2015 (R-33)
Rep. Ivory Thigpen - 2019 (D-79)
Rep. Ashley Trantham - 2019 (R-28)
Rep. David Weeks - 2015 (D-51)
Rep. John Taliaferro “Jay” West IV - 2017 (R-7)
Rep. William “Will” Wheeler III - 2017 (D-50)
Rep. Robert Williams - 2015 (D-62)
Rep. Richie Yow - 2015 (R-53)

Legislative Summit

On election years, IMPH convenes an intimate gathering of attendees including alumni of the Health Policy Fellows Program, legislative staff, government officials and members of the IMPH Board of Directors to converse with state and national experts discussing a specific health policy issue or concern, seeking collaborative, evidence-based solutions.


OCT. 2018 | Columbia, S.C.

Tomorrow’s Hope Innovative Approaches to School Mental Health Services

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School mental health services will be a legislative priority under school climate and safety for the 123rd Session of the South Carolina Legislature that started January 2019.
Systemic approaches to expand access to school mental health services for early identification and intervention to mitigate emotional and behavioral problems that impact a child’s ability to learn.
Summit Recommendations
  • Statewide consistency in screenings, behavioral supports, training and resources for school mental health services mandated by legislature
  • Take a cost-effective approach
  • Involve stakeholders
  • Build consensus


The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) developed the Health Policy Fellows Program in 2013 to provide members of the General Assembly with clear, evidence-based health policy information in a nonpartisan manner. The Fellows Program is intended to assist elected officials by providing resources and information related to complex health topics. This program also highlights the importance of considering health implications as factors across all policy decisions.
The Fellows Program includes national speakers as well as South Carolina experts. Panels of health and public health professionals provide information about our state’s health challenges and share examples of promising practices across the state that are achieving success in improving community health.

The full series of Fellows classes is an ongoing program that is offered every other year for members of the General Assembly.
IMPH gratefully acknowledges the support of The Duke Endowment and Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina in making the Health Policy Fellows Program possible.

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