Meet the South Carolina Institute of Medicine & Public Health (IMPH), an independent, neutral entity informing and advancing policies to improve health care with an impact well beyond state lines. (It’s true…while I’m a new resident of South Carolina, we discovered IMPH through a client in Michigan.)
IMPH serves as a convener for academic, governmental, and community-based stakeholders to comprehensively tackle a broad variety of health care issues. Its methods—which range from facilitating study groups of subject matter experts to performing health impact assessments and advising prevention programs—produce evidence-based information that truly drives health care change. Here are just a few of IMPH’s transformative initiatives:
- A Health Policy Fellows Program that provides non-partisan resources and information to help elected officials make better informed decisions about complex health care issues.
- Leading state taskforces, such as the Behavioral Health Taskforce (charged with improving behavioral health outcomes for vulnerable South Carolinians) and the Long-Term Care Taskforce (guiding improvements in the long-term care system to better meet the needs of an aging population).
- SCale Down, an initiative to effectively implement the state’s obesity action plan in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Further, through the National Network of Public Health Institutes, IMPH partners with public health institutes in 32 other states to advance public health in collaboration with federal, state, and local partners throughout the country. Collectively, the data produced by these public health institutes multiplies their impact. Now that’s Doing Good.