Advancing Health in South Carolina

IMPH is an independent entity serving as an informed, nonpartisan 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

  • SC Public Health Association Recognizes Dr. Megan Weis with Michael D. Jarrett Excellence in Customer Service Award

    At the 2017 South Carolina Public Health Association Annual Meeting, associate director Dr. Megan Weis was recognized with the Michael D. Jarrett Excellence in Customer Service Award. The late Michael D. Jarrett, former commissioner of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, left a profound legacy for all public servants to follow his promotion of providing exemplary customer service. Mr. Jarrett's philosophy was to view and treat customers as their most valuable resource and his legacy lives on through commendable service consistently provided to those seeking services relating to Public Health by anyone offering public health services within South Carolina.

Focus on Health

  • What is Health Equity?

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has released a report defining health equity and identifying crucial elements to guide effective action to reduce disparities in health status. Simply put, “health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthier. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.”

  • The Honorable Ronnie Cromer Joins IMPH Board of Directors

    Senator Ronnie Cromer has joined IMPH’s Board of Directors. Sen. Cromer serves South Carolina as State Senator for Senate District 18. He was first elected to the seat in a special election on April 15, 2003, and has risen through the ranks of the Senate Republican Caucus. He currently serves as chairman of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee. In addition, he serves on four other Senate committees: Fish Game and Forestry (former chairman), Finance (subcommittee chairman,) Invitations and Rules (former chairman.)

  • SCale Down Update – Spring 2017

    2017 has been off to an exciting year of progress and transitions for the SCale Down Initiative. We look forward to continuing to build upon our remarkable progress thus far with active engagement from nearly 100 stakeholders to implement the State Obesity Action Plan. Through this collaborative work, SCale Down is making strides in addressing obesity in our state through policy, systems and environmental changes. This update highlights the successes of the previous year.

Publications

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    2016 Progress Report – Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems

    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.

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    2016 Progress Report – Creating Direction: A Guide for Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina

    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.

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Events

  • 17
    Jul

    Long-Term Care Implementation Leadership Council Meeting

    The role of the Long-Term Care (LTC) Implementation Leadership Council (ILC) is to focus attention on the recommendations of the Long-Term Care Taskforce. The LTC ILC is working to minimize or eliminate barriers to implementation, promote and track progress toward implementation and issue an annual report demonstrating progress to date.

  • 19
    Jul

    SCale Down Evaluation Team Meeting

    IMPH facilitates the evaluation of the South Carolina Obesity Action Plan through the SCale Down Initiative.

  • 12
    Sep

    Health Policy Fellows Program

    The first session of the Health Policy Fellows program will be offered to members of the South Carolina General Assembly.

  • 18
    Sep

    Long-Term Care Implementation Leadership Council Meeting

    The role of the Long-Term Care (LTC) Implementation Leadership Council (ILC) is to focus attention on the recommendations of the Long-Term Care Taskforce. The LTC ILC is working to minimize or eliminate barriers to implementation, promote and track progress toward implementation and issue an annual report demonstrating progress to date.

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