State Forum to Advance Health Systems Transformation

The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) awarded IMPH funding to convene stakeholders to develop strategies to bridge public health and health care. Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this award will allow IMPH to convene stakeholders in a state forum to explore tangible strategies for fostering collaboration between these two sectors.
IMPH collaborates with the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program. The County Health Rankings, first released in 2010, show us that where we live matters to our health. The health of a community depends on many different factors – ranging from individual health behaviors, education and jobs, to quality of health care, to the environment. IMPH works with the ​County Health Rankings & Roadmaps to disseminate findings and share tools and resources with professionals and communities.
With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the realities of implementing health care legislation presented both opportunities and challenges. To facilitate an effective state-level implementation, IMPH, in collaboration with South Carolina Healthcare Voices, convened stakeholders from the non-profit sector and state agencies to explore the various state-specific elements of the legislation and examine possible approaches to implementation. This initiative included the creation of open, non-discriminatory, educational workgroups to help the state prepare for and implement health reform. This work concluded June 30th, 2012.
SCPHI (now known as the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health, IMPH) was awarded a mini-grant by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO) and the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) to assist the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control (SC DHEC) in a planning process to promote use of the Community Guide to Preventative Services in their operations.

Exploring Opportunities for Obesity Prevention in Early Care and Education

IMPH convened stakeholders and performed qualitative research to identify opportunities and barriers to improving access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity in child care centers in South Carolina. 
The Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Division of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has worked with IMPH to review and analyze the development and implementation of a sodium intake reduction strategy in South Carolina.