The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health recently received $230,000 from the Duke Endowment and Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.
The funding will be used to support the Institute’s Health Policy Fellows Program, which was launched in 2013. The program provides education for elected officials and legislative staff of South Carolina's General Assembly. Participants are given resources and information related to health topics; material is offered in a non-partisan way and offers evidence-based policy information.
“The Health Policy Fellows Program is a unique offering that has been very well received by our inaugural participants,” the institute’s director of operations Lee Pearson said. “We are truly grateful to the Duke Endowment and the Sisters of Charity Foundation for their continued support of this program and for recognizing its value to our state.”
In the past, fellow program attendees have given lawmakers the chance to study health issues in a broad sense via interactive presentations and facilitated discussions with experts. The new funding will be used to continue the Fellows Program over the next two years, with the next session taking place this fall.
For more information on the Health Policy Fellows Program, email the Institute’s manager of legislative services, Tim Rogers, at firstname.lastname@example.org.