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.
According to a new report, Reducing Teen Substance Misuse: What Really Works, from the Trust for America’s Health, drug overdose death rates among 12- to 25-year-olds have doubled in SC over the last 12 years. South Carolina ranked 12th lowest for the number of youth drug overdose deaths, with a rate of 5.8 per 100,000 youth, ages 12 to 25. The national rate is 7.3 per 100,000.
Spartanburg County is one of eight communities nationally to win the prestigious 2015 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize. The prize honors communities for working to ensure that everyone in their community has the opportunity to live a longer, healthier and more productive life.
The South Carolina Business Coalition on Health featured the SCale Down Initiative in their 2015 publication of the Hospital Quality Guide. The guide is distributed to over 25,000 employers and employees via hard copy and electronic formats. The publication is intended to help people navigate the health care system through identifying safe, quality health care.
“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.
“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.
IMPH convenes the Health Care 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.
IMPH is hosting an exclusive briefing for legislative staff on the recommendations released by the Behavioral Health and Long-Term Care Taskforces earlier this year.
IMPH convenes the Community Workgroup for the SCale Down Initiative.