Rural Health Policy Fellows


The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health, in partnership with the South Carolina Office of Rural Health, is hosting six one-day local Health Policy Fellows Programs in select rural communities across the state.

The Health Policy Fellows Program is a signature program of IMPH and advances the mission of the Institute, to collectively inform policy to improve health and health care in South Carolina. IMPH serves as an informed nonpartisan convenor and educator for policymakers and community leaders and facilitates conversation about policy decisions that impact the health and well-being of our residents.

Through these sessions, IMPH helps policymakers and key stakeholders engage in deliberative dialogue about health inequities facing South Carolina’s rural communities. The IMPH team will lead participants through three learning objectives.

First, the participants will receive information on social and environmental determinants of health and assess their own awareness of factors that affect the health of their communities. Second, they will learn about racial inequities in health and well-being and the vulnerabilities revealed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Third, participants will be led through discussion to develop ideas to address health equity and improve health outcomes in their community.

Participating Counties

Williamsburg County
Dillon County
Darlington County
Lee County
Barnwell County
Georgetown County
Left to Right: Dr. Morris E. Brown III, MD, FAAFP, Lake City Family Medicine, Medical Direct; Regina L. Nesmith-Dimery, MS, Community Systems Team, DHEC – Pee Dee Region
IMPH meets with Dillon County decision-makers and health leaders
IMPH presents to Williamsburg County leaders
IMPH hosts its third rural HPFP in Darlington County
Left to right: Rep. Terry Alexander; Joe Bittle, CareSouth Carolina; and Rep. Robert Williams attend the Darlington session
IMPH meets with Barnwell community coalition members
IMPH Associate Director Erin Haire with Lee County leaders
Learning Objectives
An awareness of the social and environmental determinants of health.
An understanding of racial inequities in health and well-being measures and how the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated vulnerabilities and inequities.
Development of ideas to address health equity through policy action at the county and/or municipal level.

2023 Sessions

March 2023: Dillon County
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