The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded the state of South Carolina a Community Transformation Grant to fund the Healthy South Carolina Initiative. This funding opportunity allowed for the implementation of strategies to create healthier communities and eliminate health disparities through interventions that reduce death and disability due to tobacco use, poor nutrition, physical inactivity, high cholesterol and hypertension. This important initiative was led by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control in partnership with Eat Smart Move More South Carolina, the South Carolina Tobacco Collaborative and the Medical University of South Carolina’s Outpatient Quality Improvement Network. This collaborative group worked with communities to implement quality evidence- and practiced-based strategies that would ultimately help to reduce the burden of chronic disease in our state. The University of South Carolina’s Office of Public Health Practice is partnered with the initiative to provide evaluation support.
IMPH supported the Healthy South Carolina Initiative by coordinating the External Leadership Team, providing state-level leadership and strategic direction to this effort. The role of IMPH focused on providing strategic guidance, convening and logistical support, ensuring effective communication and conducting evaluation of coalition efforts.
To view the charter for this group please click here: HSCI External Leadership Team Charter
This work concluded in March 2014.
Please contact Megan Weis for more information on the Institute’s role in the Healthy South Carolina Initiative.