IMPH is an independent entity serving as an informed, neutral convener around the important health issues in our state. IMPH also serves as a provider of evidence-based information to inform health policy decisions.
All of us at IMPH are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Rep. Joe Neal. A board member and Fellow of our inaugural Health Policy Fellows Program Class, he has been a positive voice for South Carolina during his entire career. We share our deepest condolences to his family, friends and all of South Carolina.
Do you want to bring new ideas to your community, build and enhance your network, find new business opportunities and shore up your own professional portfolio? Register for the National Network of Public Health Institute’s (NNPHI) 16th Annual Conference May 17-19, 2017 in New Orleans. The theme, “Navigating Uncertainty, Spanning Boundaries, Improving Health,” explores cross-sector collaboration in public health.
The South Carolina Institute of Medicine & Public Health is pleased to announce new executive officers and members of the Board of Directors. Ms. Pamela Lackey has been named Chair and Mr. Joel A. Smith III Vice-Chair. Ms. Lackey is President of AT&T South Carolina, and Mr. Joel Smith is Dean Emeritus, University of South Carolina Moore School of Business and President (retired) of Bank of America East.
New board members elected for the 2017-2019 term are Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert, Professor, Medical University of South Carolina; Ms. Inez M. Tenenbaum, Of Counsel, Wyche P.A., Former Chairman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Former Superintendent of Education, State of South Carolina; and Dr. Windsor Westbrook Sherrill, Associate Vice President for Health Research, Clemson University and Chief Science Officer, Greenville Health System.
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.
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.
IMPH staff (including Nate Patterson, Eleanor Stein and Sam Waldrep) along with Lee Pearson of USC’s Arnold School of Public Health will offer a panel discussion on the LTC Taskforce and subsequent implementation activities at Senior Resources’ Summit on Aging.
IMPH convenes the Worksites Workgroup for the SCale Down Initiative.
IMPH convenes the Communities Workgroup for the SCale Down Initiative.
The role of the Behavioral Health Implementation Leadership Council (ILC) is to focus attention on the recommendations of the Behavioral Health Taskforce. The ILC will minimize or eliminate barriers to implementation, promote and track progress toward implementation and issue an annual report demonstrating progress to date.