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Areas With Higher Rates of Social Services Spending Have Better Health Outcomes

Previous international studies and a recent study of the states have found that jurisdictions with higher rates of social services spending have significantly better health outcomes. These social services include public health spending, spending on parks and recreation and public welfare among others. Healthier communities also have lower rates of air pollution and healthier behaviors such as lower rates of smoking and higher rates of exercise. This paper from Emory's Rollins School of Public Health examines the role that several determinants of health play in affecting key health outcomes at the community level.

This paper was released in conjunction with the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge, which, with $1.5 million in prizes, encourages US cities, counties, and federally recognized tribes to develop practical, evidence-based strategies to improve measurable health outcomes and promote health and wellness, equity and social interaction.

The Mary Black Foundation has accepted the challenge to improve community health in Spartanburg, SC. The Mary Black Foundation is led by Alliance member Kathy Dunleavy. 

November 8: A Look Behind The Curtain: Health Care Reform and the Path to Equity

Join Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence (HPOE) and the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital for a webinar which will discuss the back story of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), shedding light on the creation and implementation of one of the most sweeping equalizers in the history of American health care. This webinar will review the health equity movement and how the health care reform law became the most inclusive law ever passed by Congress, not only in terms of content but in terms of process. 

HRSA Open Funding Opportunities

HRSA makes grants to organizations to improve and expand health care services for underserved people, focusing on the following program areas: Health Workforce, HIV/AIDS, Maternal & Child Health, Office of the Administrator, Primary Healthcare/Health Centers, Rural Health, Healthcare Systems, and Organ Donation. The US Department of Health and Human Services released a notice that the most there are many new funding opportunities available at

More Mental Healthcare Needed to Reduce ER Visits, Especially for Children

At the annual meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians last week, scientific abstracts presented offered insights into how frequently patients with mental health issues land in the emergency department. Six percent of patients of all ages admitted into the emergency room have some kind of psychiatric condition. Healthcare professionals are especially concerned about the amount of children going to the ER for psychiatric help. Dr. Steven Schlozman, a research psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, points to the lack of child psychiatrists in areas other than large metropolitan cities. 

This article was submitted by Maya Pack, Associate Director of Research and Strategic Initiatives at the SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health, our featured member of the week. IMPH is "an independent entity serving as an informed, 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." You can learn more 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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