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

  • Twenty-Seven Legislators Recognized as Health Policy Program Fellows

    Twenty-seven members of the South Carolina General Assembly have been recognized as Health Policy Fellows by the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH). The elected officials were participants in the fall 2015 offering of the Fellows Program, offered by IMPH and supported by The Duke Endowment and Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. The program is a non-partisan initiative providing evidence-based information on health and health care issues in South Carolina.

Focus on Health

  • SCale Down Annual Update

    With the release of the South Carolina Obesity Action Plan in the fall of 2014, a new phase of obesity prevention work began in our state. The plan provides clear direction for focused action in multiple settings on a 5-year horizon. To ensure that such action occurs, the SCale Down Initiative was launched in January 2015 to support this effort by engaging partners to achieve the objectives outlined in the Action Plan. This update highlights the activities and successes that have occurred during the first year.

  • Legislators take on a Healthier State House Challenge

    More than 100 state lawmakers will use the Fitbit Wellness platform to help reach their health and fitness goals. Rep. Neal Collins has teamed up with the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) and the Alliance of YMCAs to create A Healthier State House among state legislators and legislative staffers.

  • Hope for Tomorrow Behavioral Health Report Endorsed

    The South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) Board of Trustees and the Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina (Alliance) have formally endorsed the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health Behavioral Health Taskforce’s final report, “Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems.”

Publications

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    Creating Direction: A Guide for Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina

    “Creating Direction: A Guide for Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina” is the product of a year and a half of work by a statewide taskforce of over 60 providers, researchers and advocates. The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) convened these stakeholders to study the state’s long-term care system and identify priority areas in need of improvement, particularly in light of the growing older adult population. The taskforce members developed 30 actionable recommendations to reshape the system so that it can better meet the needs of older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers across the state.

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

    “Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems” is the product of over 18 months of work by a statewide taskforce of over 60 public and private behavioral health providers, researchers and advocates. The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) convened these stakeholders to identify the most significant challenges in our behavioral health systems and provide actionable, evidence-based and cost-effective strategies to provide better care and access to behavioral health services for residents of South Carolina.

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