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21,000 SC Residents Buying Individual Coverage Off-Marketplace May Be Eligible for ACA Tax Credits

On October 4, the US Department of Health and Human Services released data showing that 21,000 SC residents who currently purchase off-Marketplace individual market health coverage may qualify for tax credits if they shop for 2017 coverage through the Marketplace. On a national scale, this statistic applies to 2.5 million Americans. Many consumers remain unaware of the financial assistance available to them through the Marketplace. In the brief, more information is available on HHS's efforts to make sure people currently buying individual market coverage off-Marketplace know their options. 

Agriculture Secretary Speaks at Obesity Prevention Workshop

On September 27, 2016, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted their third Roundtable on Obesity Solutions, which engages leadership from multiple sectors to solve the obesity crisis. Speakers included the US Surgeon General, Vivek H. Murthy, as well as Tom Vilsack, the US Secretary of Agriculture. Vilsack gave the closing keynote, where he shared his vision on how we should move forward as a nation. Click here to view other videos from the workshop.

This topic was submitted by David Garr of South Carolina AHEC, our featured member of the week.  AHEC is the only organization in South Carolina that addresses healthcare workforce needs starting at the level of elementary school education and extending to practicing healthcare professionals throughout the state. You can read more about SC AHEC here. 

Senior and Disability Service Directory

Central Midlands Development Corporation, a nonprofit under the Central Midlands Council of Governments, has begun sales for their 2016-2017 Senior & Disability Service Directory. The directory includes community services, emergency assistance, behavioral health and support groups, healthcare facilities, and more. Cost for the directories is $20, and all proceeds benefit senior citizens in need of emergency meal boxes in Richland, Lexington, Newberry, and Fairfield counties. For more information, call (803) 376-5390. 

Socio-Economic Issues and Fair Wages Among Top Concerns for Greenville County Residents

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment based on surveys, focus groups, and town hall meetings with people from all sectors and areas in the community. From the assessment, three priority areas were defined: access to mental health care, obesity and wellness, and housing/social environment. In the article, Deb Long, director of the hospital's health community initiatives, outlines the hospital's three-year plan.

This article was submitted by SC Department of Health and Human Services' Chief of Staff, Bryan Kost. To read more about DHHS and their alignment with the Alliance, see July 2016's meeting notes.  

SC DHEC's Mike Smith Wins Prestigious Award

MSPH and DrPH Mike Smith has received the Early Career Professional Achievement Award from the Coalition for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology for his leadership and contributions to the field. Smith, a University of South Carolina grad, has always had an interest in preventive health, and has held several different positions at the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control since the beginning of his career, always integrating a focus on racial disparities and inequities in his work.

Dr. Mike Smith, along with Dr. Daniela Nitcheva, presented on DHEC's SCAN-GIS database as part of the Alliance's Call to Action for Health Equity webinar series. In the webinar, participants learned how to stratify data by race, ethnicity, zip code, payer source, and more--monitoring and reporting outcomes based on this information is key to high quality community and patient centered care. This webinar and more are featured at 

The Alliance for a Healthier SC is an unprecedented 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 paired with those of 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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