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 Tobacco-Free Collaborative and its partners have released an evaluation of the South Carolina Tobacco Control Plan (2007-2013) and report progress in reducing the use of tobacco in the state. This release is followed by the 50th Anniversary of the first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking. The report advises the state to spend the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recommended $51 million a year on comprehensive tobacco prevention and control programs.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrates a significant decline in the prevalence of obese children ages two to five years old. From 2003-2004 the obesity prevalence was at 14 percent and decreased to eight percent in 2011-2012, signifying a 43 percent decline according to the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
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.