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July 26 Alliance Meeting Notes
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General Meeting Slides | Personal Donation Directions | Catalyst for Health Manager Description | Alliance Communications Luncheon | Anton Gunn Webinar
Letter from Thornton Kirby | Short-Term Policy Matrix

Chairman Updates:

  • It is now possible to make personal donations to the Alliance via check. Cash and paypal are soon to follow. Directions are available here
  • The Alliance is currently undergoing a transition and we are seeking a manager for Catalyst for Health.
  • We are in the process of creating an Emeritus category for the Alliance. If you are a retired Alliance member but would like to continue participating and advising the Alliance, please let us know

Member Updates

  • Dr. Foster, Catalyst for Health: 
    • Dr. Foster shared a video from the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank about the top contributors to long-term health. 
    • South Carolina Birth Outcomes Initiative video to be released in an Alliance newsletter soon!
  • Bernie Mazyck shared information about Healthy Insights for South Carolina, which you can read more about here
  • Lindsey Perret, Alliance for a Healthier SC: 
  • Sara Goldsby, DAODAS:
    • Highlighted the importance of the Obama administration's work to address the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. 
    • We also took a look at counties that are lacking unused prescription drop boxes. A map with locations is available here
  • Melinda Merrell informed the group about the current Rural Health Plan that the South Carolina Office of Rural Health is developing. For more information, contact her here
  • Thornton Kirby:
    • SCHA is currently in the process of creating Big Dot Goals for health systems, which will feed into Alliance Goals
    • Many Alliance members have been generous enough to go beyond their initial monetary contributions as our expenses have grown, some even contributing as much as $10,000 per year or more. To see the letter from Thornton regarding additional contributions click here
  • David Garr discussed the planning of a Primary Care Summit. It will be an opportunity to bring together stakeholders in the state to talk about improvement of primary care. 
  • Lisa Davis:
    • SC DHEC is going through a strategic planning process to decide what DHEC's priorities should be. 
    • As part of strategic planning, DHEC will be working in two phases: aligning with groups that are already doing good related work (such as the Alliance's work) and including other stakeholders to add on to that work.
    • Eventually, DHEC plans to conduct a state health assessment. 
    • More information about DHEC's strategic plan available on their website
  • Dr. Meera Narasimhan discussed the recent award the University of South Carolina and Emory University received. They were approved for a $5.8 million dollar Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Research Award. More more information about PCORI's funding, visit

Short Term Policy Matrix

Alliance members voted to determine the six Short Term Policy Matrix goals they'd like to focus on (click image right to zoom). 
  • Increase coverage of telehealth services across South Carolina
  • Advocate for the increase in availability of residency placements and the telehealth parity for physical and behavioral health services
  • Monitor health outcomes stratified by race, ethnicity, and income; create incentives for providers and employees specifically targeted to decrease the disparity gaps
  • Technical colleges to include community health worker (CHW) training programs based on the curriculum standards set by the CHW Association of SC
  • Use, promote, and/or provide for the functioning of navigation services for vulnerable populations 
  • Support increased partnership with local federally qualified healthcare centers for access and coordination of care
Next General Alliance Meetings:
October 25, 2016
January 24, 2017
April 25, 2017
June 20, 2017
October 24, 2017
The Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina is an unprecedented volunteer collaboration of more than 50 diverse organizations across the state working together on coordinating action to achieve healthier bodies, minds and communities for ALL—while reducing the future cost of care. Through the collective efforts of its members and other strong state and community coalitions, the Alliance is working toward the day when South Carolina leads the nation in the continuous improvement of health and healthcare for ALL people in the state.

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