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Hillary Clinton Published in New England Journal of Medicine

Editors of the New England Journal of Medicine invited both major party candidates for the US presidential election to answer the following question: What specific changes in policy do you support to improve access to care, improve quality of care, and control health care costs for our nation? Hillary outlined her plan in four steps, the first of which being to improve--not repeal--the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Trump did not respond to the NEJM's invitation. 

Two Alliance Members Welcome New Leadership

SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health: Effective October 17, Dr. Nathaniel (Nate) Patterson, DrPH, MHA, will serve as IMPH's new director. Dr. Patterson joins the Institute from the South Carolina DHHS, where he is currently the Program Director for Health Services. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at USC's Arnold School of Public Health. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Patterson! 

SC Medical Association: SCMA and subsidiaries announced new chief executive officers this week. Todd Atwater, former CEO to SCMA, is now the Chief Executive Officer to FInancial Services Inc., Members' Insurance Trust, and Practice Management Services. Marjorie Heggie, formerly SCMA's Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer for SCMA.  

2016 ACA Planning Tool Released by Georgia Health Policy Center and National Network of Public Health Institutes

The Affordable Care Act presents many challenges and opportunities to professionals in public health. Georgia State University, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and several other national groups have collaborated to create the 2016 ACA Planning Tool. The free planning tool has been designed for those working in public health and other sectors to use adaptive thinking as they grapple with the many questions presented by health reform and health system transformation. 

October 19: HOP Special Meeting

On October 19, SCDHHS and SCHA are hosting a special Healthy Outcomes Plan (HOP) meeting.  Mark Redding, MD, will be joining local HOP coordinators and other community partners to talk about the Hub and Pathways Model, a model of providing centralized, coordinated medical and social care for vulnerable populations.  More information about the Hub and Pathways Model can be found here

The meeting will be from 10:00 until 2:30 at SCHA, and lunch will be provided.  If you are interested in attending the meeting, please contact Lindsey Perret at before October 18.  

Last Chance to Register for Annual Rural Health Conference!

The 20th Annual Rural Health Conference, held by the SC Office of Rural Health, is still being held at Hilton Head's Sonesta Resort despite the damage from Hurricane Matthew. The conference will be from October 25th to the 27th and its purpose is to provide support, education, and peer discussion between rural healthcare entities in SC. 

This event was submitted by Melinda Merrell of the South Carolina Office of Rural Health, our featured member of the week. Established in 1991, SCORH's vision is that SC's "rural and under served people have optimal health care services that enhance the quality of life in every community." 
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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