Advancing Health in South Carolina

IMPH is an independent entity serving as an informed, nonpartisan convener around the important health issues in our state. IMPH also serves as a provider of evidence-based information to inform health policy decisions.

Policy in Action

  • SCale Down Update – Summer 2017

    This SCale Down update features highlights of the work in five settings including the new and improved website of the South Carolina Recreation & Parks Association, a new walking trail on the grounds of the South Carolina State House, work of the Diabetes Prevention Program in South Carolina, outdoor learning environments for children and Cooking Matters.

Focus on Health

  • CDC Releases the 40th Annual Report on the Health of the Nation

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics released the 40th annual report card on the nation’s health. Health, United States, 2016 features long-term trends in health and health care delivery over the past 40 years and explores population changes which have affected patterns of disease, as well as health care access and utilization. The 27 charts and 114 tables present birth rates, life expectancy, leading causes of death, health risk behaviors, health care utilization, insurance coverage and health care expenditures.

  • SC Public Health Association Recognizes Dr. Megan Weis with Michael D. Jarrett Excellence in Customer Service Award

    At the 2017 South Carolina Public Health Association Annual Meeting, associate director Dr. Megan Weis was recognized with the Michael D. Jarrett Excellence in Customer Service Award. The late Michael D. Jarrett, former commissioner of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, left a profound legacy for all public servants to follow his promotion of providing exemplary customer service. Mr. Jarrett’s philosophy was to view and treat customers as their most valuable resource and his legacy lives on through commendable service consistently provided to those seeking services relating to Public Health by anyone offering public health services within South Carolina.

  • What is Health Equity?

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has released a report defining health equity and identifying crucial elements to guide effective action to reduce disparities in health status. Simply put, “health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthier. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.”

Publications

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    2016 Progress Report – Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems

    IMPH has released the first annual Progress Report presenting a status update on each recommendation from May 2015’s Behavioral Health Taskforce report, “Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems.” Following the release of the report, IMPH formed an Implementation Leadership Council of key leaders to provide the vision for how the recommendations would be achieved, to foster collaborations and to propel forward movement in improving our state’s behavioral health systems. Significant progress has been made, including in Crisis Stabilization Units, Community Crisis Response and Intervention services, continuity of care and increasing access to evidence-based programs for detoxification from opioids.

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    2016 Progress Report – Creating Direction: A Guide for Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina

    IMPH has released the first Progress Report presenting a status update on recommendations from June 2015’s Long-Term Care Taskforce report “Creating Direction: A Guide to Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina.” Following the release of the report, IMPH formed an Implementation Leadership Council of key stakeholders to prioritize the recommendations and guide implementation. This Progress Report outlines advances towards meeting the prioritized recommendations. The progress made reflects the work of many partners in improving long-term services and supports in South Carolina.

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