IMPH is an independent entity serving as a neutral convener around the important health issues in our state. IMPH also serves as a resource for evidence-based information to inform health policy decisions.
The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health’s latest issue brief, “A Profile of the Uninsured in South Carolina,” summarizes the newest data on the uninsured released from the American Community Survey at the state, county and congressional district levels. A lack of health insurance is shown to negatively impact the health of individuals. Those without health insurance tend to be sicker and die at an earlier age than those who have health insurance. The uninsured typically lack regular recommended health screenings and preventive services crucial in identifying and preventing chronic diseases.
The Southeastern Health Equity Council has released its report card identifying where health disparities exist for key indicators related to healthcare access, healthy food access and cultural competency. South Carolina is one of eight states represented by the SHEC, which is one of ten regional health equity councils formed in 2011 to implement the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities.
South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health
The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health is a non-profit corporation organized for educational and scientific purposes and focused on improving the health status of South Carolinians through work in the areas of policy, prevention and leadership.