Priorities

In four critical areas, the Alliance members are aligning existing efforts throughout South Carolina to improve health and healthcare for ALL, while also lowering costs. Click here to see our dashboard

In the summer of 2014, members of the Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina (then known as the SC Health Coordinating Council) agreed on a common agenda for health improvement.

By agreeing on common goals, the Alliance started the process of aligning individual efforts of many organizations into something larger, with greater potential for shared synergy and better results.

The Alliance is not alone in its pursuit of a healthier South Carolina for All. Prior and/or parallel to the development of the Alliance, several other coalitions developed with specific focus on topics adopted as priorities by the Alliance. Click on the links below for more information about those grassroots coalitions.

Healthy Babies

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As an Alliance, we want to make sure that every baby in our state has the best chance to start a healthy life; and we have selected two indicators to track success: infant mortality and low birth weight.

In this section you will find information about these indicators and resources to make improvement.

We also highlight the work of two state coalitions that are at the forefront of improving the health of babies: The Birth Outcomes Initiative, and the Safe Sleep Coalition.

Healthy Children

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As an Alliance, we want to make sure that every child in the state has a healthy development. We have selected two indicators to track success: attendance to well-child visits and percentage of children not reading at grade level.

In this section you will find information about these indicators and resources to make improvement.

We also highlight the work of state coalitions that are at the forefront of improving the health of children

Healthy Minds

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Behavioral health disorders include mental health conditions (e.g. depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia) and substance use conditions (e.g. alcohol, drugs). Mental and substance use conditions often co-occur. In other words, individuals with substance use conditions often have a mental health condition at the same time, and vice versa.

As an Alliance, we want to make sure that every person in our state has the best chance to be behaviorally healthy; and we have selected three indicators to track success: depression medication adherence, primary care preventable length of stay at acute care hospitals for people with behavioral health conditions, and number of days feeling mentally unwell in the last month for people with low household incomes.

In this section you will find information about these indicators and resources to make improvement

Healthy Bodies

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Our Healthy Bodies priority encompasses two aspects: Preventing Chronic Disease, and Treating/Managing disease when it occurs.
Obesity is one of the main drivers of chronic disease, and thus preventing obesity is one of our main opportunities improve the health of South Carolinians.
We are also focusing on access to high quality primary care. For that, we are tracking provider availability, access to providers, success in the management of asthma, diabetes and hypertension; and volume of primary care preventable hospitalizations and ED visits.
In this section you will find information about these indicators and resources to make improvement.
We also highlight the work of state coalitions that are at the forefront of improving the physical health in South Carolina.

 

Health Equity

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The South Carolina envisioned by the Alliance is one where everyone is able to achieve his or her potential for good health. This is why it is so important that we have a health equity focus in all our work, we need to make sure that we improve our numbers while decreasing disparity gaps between population groups.

In this section you will find a summary of the equity metrics embedded in each of the priority areas of the Alliance, a Call to Action for Health Equity, and resources to improve health FOR ALL in our state.