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  • April 08, 2021 9:28 PM | Anonymous

    Check out all of the great activities happening during National Public Health Week!  Click open the PDF linked below for details!!

    NPHW 2021 4 7 2021.pdf

  • April 08, 2021 8:31 PM | Anonymous

    As our nation continues to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency, DHEC would like to offer frontline team members important infection prevention and control (IPC) training through the Project Firstline (PFL) grant, funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The first task of PFL will be completing a Learning Needs Assessment (LNA) of healthcare workers (across service lines and roles) to assess learning gaps relative to IPC. It should take about 15 minutes to complete. The survey can be found via https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SCPHA. The survey is open Mon., April 5, 2021 until Mon., April 19, 2021. Please contact Project Firstline Program Coordinator, Jasmine B. Gant, at 803-629-4825 or gantjb@dhec.sc.gov


    Thank you, 

    Jasmine B. Gant, B.S.

    Program Coordinator Project Firstline

    Healthcare Associated Infections Section (HAI)

    Department of Acute Disease Epidemiology
    S.C. Dept. of Health & Environmental Control Mobile: (803) 629-4825

    Project Firstline Program.pdf

  • April 06, 2020 7:01 PM | Anonymous

    Each year, during the first full week of April, public health professionals across the nation celebrate the accomplishments of public health. The work YOU do is vital the well-being of all South Carolinians. Each day of NPHW highlights an important health issue. In the interest of COVID-19, SCPHA is partnering with our national affiliate, the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the “All of Us” Research Program to provide resources that will help sustain you and your health as we navigate this pandemic.

    Also, YOU have an opportunity to impact important research by participating in the All of Us Research Program.  They are inviting one million people, from all backgrounds, across the U.S. to help build one of the most diverse health databases in history.  This could help them develop better treatments and ways to prevent different diseases.  Consider joining now!  Visit this link today: All of Us Research

    See daily Public Health Week topics and additional resources below.  Note that some of the BLUE links are hyperlinks that will take you to that website for more information.  Be well and stay safe!

    • Monday — Mental Health
    • Tuesday—Maternal and Child Health
    • Wednesday—Violence Prevention
    • Thursday—Environmental Health
    • Friday—Education
    • Saturday—Healthy Housing
    • Sunday – Economics
    For more details, download the full document, Public Health Month 2020.docx

  • February 21, 2020 2:00 PM | Gloria A. McCurry (Administrator)


    Dear SCPHA Members, Students and Public Health Professionals

    We are pleased to open our Call for Abstracts for Poster Session only for our 2020 Annual Conference on April 21 - 23, 2020 at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Ocean Front (formerly Springmaid Beach Resort) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  SCPHA's Annual Conference has been an important opportunity for current, future, and retired public health professionals to share resources and information, as well as ideas and experiences from the field of public health.  We are excited about this great educational and networking event. 

    This year's theme is "Building Communities Together - Creating Opportunities and Partnerships for Better Health" with a focus on collaborative opportunities for partnerships to address the complexities of public health issues in communities within the state of South Carolina.  Proposals should focus on community-based programming and collaborative approaches to address public health issues in South Carolina within the following public health disciplines.

       Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs

       Environmental Health

       Epidemiology, Disease Control & Biostatistics

       Health Administration

       Health Education

       Health & Human Services

       Management Support

       Public Health Nursing


        Professional and Leadership Development

       Public Health Social Work & Counseling

       Public Health Preparedness

       Public Health Student

       Public Health Retirees

    Other: _________________

    Eligible: Practitioners, Public Health Staff, College and University Staff and Students, as well as Community Members

    The Call for Abstracts for Poster Session Only is open and will close on Friday, March 13, 2020

    Abstracts will be assessed on their connection to the above conference theme or one of the topics above, especially practical applications, as well as overall quality of the work.

    Basic Information for Submission: 

      •  Title: 150 characters or less

      •  Author(s): Full name, and affiliations of all authors

      •  3 Brief Objectives

      •  Abstract Paragraph (150 words or less): Presentation overview

      •  Brief Bio and Resume of Lead Author

      •  Credentials of all authors

      •  Conflicts of Interest:  Please declare any potential conflicts of interest, including funding sources and  the role of the funder.

    Presentation Submission Information and Abbreviated Instructions:

    • 1.      Submissions must meet all the requirements and incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.
    • 2.      Presenters may not use any conference presentation to market products or services.
    • 3.      Poster exhibitors will be provided with a space to mount their posters.  Presenters must bring their own method for securing their posters to the supplied area.
    • 4.      All presenters will be notified by March 20, 2020 if abstract for a poster presentation is accepted. 
    • 5.      All presenters attending the full conference will need to register and submit a $100.00 speaker registration (reduced rate) fee (full conference), which will be due by March 27, 2020 No honoraria will be paid to presenters.
    • 6.      All presenters attending the day of their presentation will need to register and submit a $60.00 speaker registration (reduced rate) fee (one day only Tuesday or Wednesday), which will be due by March 27, 2020. No honoraria will be paid to presenters.
    • 7.      The conference is scheduled for April 21 – 22, 2020 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm and April 23, 2019 from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm.
    • 8.      Presentation boards will be provided.

    Abstracts can be submitted at the following link:   https://form.jotform.com/200507884415152

    Thank you,

    SCPHA Program Review Committee  

  • January 13, 2020 12:10 PM | Rich P. Timmons


    It is my pleasure to announce the South Carolina Public Health Association (SCPHA) will offer two (2) scholarships, each in the amount of $500, to eligible candidates in the field of Public Health.  The continued awareness of the role of public health depends upon the enthusiasm and commitment of existing and future public health professionals. Scholarships support the SCPHA mission for “scientific and professional development of the membership.”  The two (2) scholarships will be presented at our SCPHA Annual Conference on April 21, 2020.

    We appreciate your previous support of SCPHA and request your assistance, which is crucial to the success of SCPHA and our scholarship program, in publicizing these scholarships and our Association in the following ways:

    1.    Please circulate and post the attached copies of the two (2) scholarship applications to potential applicants, colleagues, and friends. The applications are also available on the SCPHA website (www.scpha.com).  The deadline for submission Friday, March 27, 2020.

    2.    Please assist the Association to recruit potential members by circulating the attached membership application to students and colleagues. Potential members may also visit the SCPHA website (www.scpha.com) to download the application, pay fees online, and mail or fax the application to the SCPHA office.                                                                                                 

    Also, the contributed papers committee will make a selection to receive a $100.00 monetary award and certificate from the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health.  This award is for the Contributed Papers/Outstanding Student Abstract Recognition for either a verbal or poster abstract that was presented at the 2020 SCPHA Annual Conference.                                                                         

    If you would like more information on SCPHA or have questions regarding the scholarship program, feel free to either contact Tammy at 803-268-5835 or thomaste@dhec.sc or Dr. Frances Ashe-Goins at 703-801-2420 or franashe@aol.comor visit our website at www.scpha.com. 

    Thank you for your consideration and continued support.

    SCPHA Program Abstract Review Committee 





  • January 01, 2020 9:41 PM | Lydia R. Frass

    Members of the SCPHA 2020 Awards Committee are now accepting applications for consideration.  Awards will be presented during the 2020 SCPHA Annual Conference, on April 21, 2020.  The application for award nominations and a description and criteria for each of the awards are attached and can also be found on the SCPHA website.

    We would like to encourage all current SCPHA members to recognize an Association member(s) who has consistently exemplified our mission in public health or has gone above and beyond in carrying out their duties to aid in the success of our Association.


    Deadline for submission is Friday, March 20, 2020.  All electronic applications must be submitted in a MS word format.  Please be sure you read the eligibility requirements carefully for each award. 

    Should you have any questions, please contact Amber Williams, Awards Committee Co-Chair, at proctora@comporium.net, or phone number 803-448-2020.



  • September 10, 2015 6:52 PM | Lydia R. Frass

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has scheduled several workshops on Situational Awareness for Houses of Worship - the FBI shares lessons from past active shooting situations 

    Tuesday, September 22, 2015

    Brookland Baptist Church, West Columbia, SC


    Thursday, September 24, 2015

    Langston Baptist Church, 763 Highway 905, Conway, SC 29526

    7-9 pm

    Also, mark your calendar…Charleston has been scheduled.  

    Monday, October 5th -Details will go out the week of September 21st

    SA Rob Chadwick, the FBI Columbia Training Coordinator, has previously completed the symposium in Aiken and Greenville.  Both presentations had approximately a great volume of attendees and heavy media coverage.   All clergy and layperson leadership are encouraged to attend. Topics to be covered include: who is an active shooter and pre-incident behavioral indicators; dealing with the national news; supporting victims, including families and the officers involved; crisis management; and use of IEDs by active shooters.   The symposium includes 90 minutes of statistics, history, and analysis of active shooter incidents.  This is followed by a 30 minute question and answer session.  Please consider attending, and feel free to pass information within your house of worship, family and friends.


    Inquiries about attendance should be directed to Ms. Denise M. Taiste, Public Affairs Specialist, Community Relations Unit, at 803.551.4352 or by email at denise.taiste@ic.fbi.gov

  • August 31, 2015 8:17 PM | Lydia R. Frass

    Check out the National Network of Libraries of Medicine's upcoming Training and Educational Opportunites:


    For the latest, news, stories, and reminders, be sure to follow NN/LM SE/A:

    ·       SEA Currents

    ·       Facebook

    ·       Twitter

  • July 29, 2015 9:54 PM | Lydia R. Frass

    Public Health Month Webinar!

    Thank you for all who joined us for our professional development opportunities for Public Health Month in South Carolina in 2015.  We hosted a documentary and town hall, a live webinar, and a webinar on-demand.

    View our April webinars on YouTube:

    • Public Health and Information Technology(Dr. Elizabeth Regan):  A 3-part series on e-health information; impact & opportunities for public health; and grand challenges of public health informatics.
    • Youth Suicide Prevention for Public Health Professionals (Jennifer Myers): A discussion of youth suicide prevention, including warning signs, risk factors, protective factors, and prevention principles.

    We want to thank all of our presenters and panelists that made our three Public Health Month events.

  • July 18, 2015 11:02 AM | Lydia R. Frass

    SCPHA Members, 

    The APHA Council of Affiliates has opened a call for abstracts for affiliates and students.  Please click the link below for more information.

    The CoA is inviting Affiliates to submit abstracts for posters which will demonstrate Affiliate best practices or promising programs for display at the 143nd APHA Annual Meeting & Expo in Chicago, Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2015. This year the conference will explore the theme Health in All Policies. In keeping with this theme, proposals on programs to impact policy will be especially welcome. However, posters can be on any topic related to any work of the Affiliate. Affiliate posters accepted for exhibition at the Annual Meeting will be posted on the Affiliate Online Community so all affiliates will have the opportunity to learn from these model programs. 

    The CoA is sponsoring two student poster sessions for undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in public health-related coursework. Students are encouraged to submit proposals for public health-related work they have either recently completed or are in the process of completing for exhibition at the 2015 APHA Annual Meeting. Poster proposals can be on any public health-related topic and should represent a project sponsored by your Affiliate or any of your Affiliate members (individuals or groups). One poster session will be exclusively for abstracts written by undergraduate students to highlight their public health-related activities and research. The other session will be open to graduate students only (master and doctoral levels) interested in sharing their research and experience in public health. Student posters accepted for exhibition at the Annual Meeting will be judged by a sub-committee of the CoA, and top winners will be selected and awarded a cash prize of $200 and a certificate acknowledging their work. 

    The deadline for submitting poster abstracts for each category is July 31, 2015. Authors will be contacted in early September regarding poster abstract selection for exhibition. 

    Start your abstract submission here!

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