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.
The Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina is currently preparing for reaccreditation through the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Their site visit for accreditation review is scheduled for March 29-31, 2017. As a part of this formal process, CEPH is accepting written comments from any constituent of the Arnold School who wishes to provide input.
The Trust for America’s Health released Blueprint for a Healthier America 2016: Policy Priorities for the Next Administration and Congress which calls for a new approach to health – prioritizing improving health and addressing major epidemics in the United States. The report highlights pressing crises and how investments could yield positive returns on investment by adopting proven health strategies. For instance: investing $1 in substance use prevention to realize as much as $34 in return, saving more than $16 billion through a more active and healthy population, connecting health and social services to cut billions in costs, reducing the $120 billion spent annually on preventable infectious diseases and realizing a 7-10 percent annual return by investing in early childhood education.
The Duke Endowment has released a Request for Applications for Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas (HPHC), a program to improve community health outcomes in North Carolina and South Carolina. This new opportunity is designed to support new or existing community coalitions in their efforts to improve population health through applying the Collective Impact framework, enhancing community capacity to implement evidence-based interventions addressing physical activity/nutrition and chronic disease and monitoring performance metrics to spur improvement. Mandatory webinars are scheduled for Nov. 22, 2016. Applications are due January 16, 2017.
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 facilitates the SCale Down Action Team meetings.
IMPH is a member of the Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina.
The South Carolina Public Health Association (SCPHA) Population Health/2017 Winter Conference theme is “Professionals, Providers, & Partners: Using Population Health Perspectives to Build a Strong Public Health Workforce in SC.”
Please visit the South Carolina Public Health Association (www.scpha.com) for more information. The registration deadline is January 16, 2017.
Co-sponsored by the South Carolina Hospital Association and IMPH, this forum is supported through a grant awarded by the National Network of Public Health Institutes with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to IMPH and will explore tangible strategies for fostering collaboration between public health and healthcare. Please contact Maya Pack for more […]
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.