Advancing Health in South Carolina

IMPH is an independent entity serving as a 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.

Policy in Action

  • Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies

    The Public Health Institute's Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) has released the updated third edition of “State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies." The report offers policymakers, health advocates, and other interested health care professionals the most current summary guide of telehealth-related policies, laws, and regulations for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Focus on Health

  • Spartanburg Selected as One of Bridging for Health’s First Four Sites

    Bridging for Health: Improving Community Health Through Innovations in Financing, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recently announced the first four sites selected to participate in this new, national initiative. Spartanburg’s Way to Wellville is among the first communities selected for this innovative program.

  • Creating Direction: A Guide for Improving Long-Term Care in SC

    South Carolina’s long-term care system is not ready to meet the coming demand as the older population will nearly double over the next 15 years. However, it is not only older adults who need long-term care; 43% of those needing long-term care are under the age of 65. The 30 recommendations in the Long-Term Care Taskforce report are the culmination of a year and a half of work by numerous experts and provide a guide for improving long-term care in South Carolina.

  • Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems

    Recommendations to improve our state’s behavioral health systems have been issued by a statewide taskforce convened by the South Carolina Institute of Medicine & Public Health (IMPH) to transform South Carolina’s behavioral health systems. These recommendations include actions to make behavioral health care as accessible as care for physical illnesses, such as a heart attack or trauma, and to integrate primary and behavioral health care in order to reduce overall health care costs and improve health outcomes.

News

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    Pearson Joins Board of Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter

    IMPH’s Dr. Lee Pearson has joined the Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter statewide board of directors. Alzheimer’s disease is a unique triple threat with its soaring prevalence, lack of treatment and enormous cost. It’s the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and the only cause of death among the top ten that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Nationally, the Association is the largest non-profit funder of Alzheimer’s research. Through partnerships and funded projects, the Alzheimer’s Association has been part of every major research advancement over the past 30 years.

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    Data and Programmatic Resources from SCDHEC

    The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) provides numerous tools and resources for the public.

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    Opportunity to Comment on Current Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Options

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity has shared that the HHS/GSA Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations (“Guidelines”) will be updated through a collaborative federal effort. The updated Guidelines will be distributed following the release of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015.

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