Title: Improving the Health of Mothers and Infants in South Carolina
Author: Kate LaFroscia, Graduate Assistant
Excerpt: As of 2016, South Carolina ranks 7th in preterm births and 5th in low birthweight rate. Additionally, South Carolina’s 2016 infant mortality rate was 7 per 1,000 live births.

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Title: National Diabetes Prevention Program Site Inventory
Author: Ashley Hrubala, MPH Candidate
Excerpt: Prediabetes is defined as having blood sugar levels higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prediabetes affects 1 out of every 3 American....

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Title: Ensuring All Work Areas are Properly Evaluated and Safeguarded Against Risks
Author: Anne-Elizabeth Rush, MPH, Environmental Health Science
Excerpt: The Job Hazard Assessment Database was an essential component of Lockheed Martin Ocala’s employee safety standards; however, it needed improvements in several key areas...

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Title: Physical Activity Helps Medical Students Manage Stress and Burnout
Author: Nicole Senn, MPH, Physical Activity and Public Health
Excerpt: Every year 300-400 physicians commit suicide, which is the size of a small medical school. Depression, anxiety, alcohol consumption, and burnout are common issues among physicians, which often begin in medical school....
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Title: CYSHCN Orthodontic Program
Author: Nikki Hill, MSPH, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
Excerpt: Many children and youth who live in poverty in the state of South Carolina are unable to receive the orthodontic care they need. Due to the high cost of orthodontic treatments...

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Title: Communication Plan for SC Diabetes Impact and Awareness
Author: Leigha Faulkner, Health Services Policy and Management
Excerpt: Diabetes is a major problem in the state of South Carolina with 1 in 8 adults having diabetes, which put South Carolina at 7th highest in the country for diabetes prevalence....
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Title: Developing and Delivering a One-Page Report on CDC DPRP Performance in South Carolina
Author: Caitlin Potter, Graduate Assistant MPH Candidate, Health Services Policy and Management
Excerpt: In 2014, South Carolina had a non-institutionalized adult population of 3,749,025. The population included an estimated 30.40% of South Carolina...

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Title: Development of a One-Page Report on CDC DPRP Performance in South Carolina
Author: Erin Dreyer, Graduate Assistant MPH Candidate, Physical Activity and Public Health
Excerpt: According to the state-level adult population estimates collected by BRFSS in 2014, South Carolina (SC) has a population size of...

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Title: 2017-2018 Oral Health Needs Assessment for School-Aged Children
Author: Megan R. Buss, MSPH
Excerpt: In 2014, Oral health has a large impact on quality of life for adults and children. Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease for children in the United States.

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Title: HPV Vaccination among Adolescents and Adults in South Carolina
Author: Dana Alhasan, MPH, PhD(c)
Excerpt: Human Papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted virus, is associated with various cancers, including cervical cancer.

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Title: Evaluation of the School Wellness Initiative
Author: Susannah Small, MSPH Candidate, Epidemiology
Excerpt: Obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years, and in adults, chronic disease accounts for 7 of 10 deaths each year. These adverse outcomes are directly linked to root causes of improper nutrition and inadequate physical activity...

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Title: Data Collection, Maintenance, and Tools for Farm to School
Author: Samantha Truman, MSPH Candidate, Epidemiology
Excerpt: The Farm to School coordinators wanted to know which schools within South Carolina were currently participating in Farm to School activities, the types of activities that were being done, and the resources that would be needed to initiate or sustain the Farm to School program...
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Title: Title X Program Review
Author: Kathryn Albano, MPH
Excerpt: Unintended pregnancies are avoided by easy access to affordable voluntary family planning services including a wide range of contraceptive methods and preventive health services. To ensure this, the federal government implemented the Title X Grant program...
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Title: Developing and Delivering a Needs Report: Campers by Prevalent Medical Diagnosis
Author: Lisa Zeitlin, MPH
Excerpt: Camp Burnt Gin provides a fun, safe summer camp experience to over 460 children who might not otherwise have the chance to attend camp because of their special health care needs...
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Title: Evaluating the Process of Six Counties Creating an Active Community Environment Project
Author: Dana AlHasan, MPH
Excerpt: Without a doubt, obesity is growing at an alarming rate and contributes to many complications. Because individual-based interventions geared towards weight loss is only one approach of reducing obesity rates...

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Title: Updated Data Demonstrates Continual Burden of Obesity and Diabetes
Author: Charity Breneman, MS, Research Assistant MSPH Epidemiology Candidate and PhD Candidate
Excerpt: The prevalence of obesity is increasing dramatically across the United States including South Carolina which had a five percent increase in obesity rates over the last 10 years and currently ranks 10th in the nation...
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Title: Identifying Hearing Loss in Newborns Provides SC Children with a Brighter Future
Author: Danielle Gentile, Ph.D. (c)
Excerpt: Did you know that hearing loss is one of the most common birth defects? It affects about 3 of every 1,000 babies. Untreated hearing loss in children can limit or delay speech and language development...
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Title: Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)
Author: Mark Macauda, PhD
Excerpt: Comprehensive sexual health education is vital to the current and future health and well-being of South Carolina (SC) youth. The state’s teen birth rate has decreased, but remains high, especially for 18...

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Title: Data Collection and Reporting Tools for the Region Work Plan
Author: Alison Grossman, MPH(c)
Excerpt: Within the Department of Health and Environmental Control, the Community Health and Chronic Disease Prevention Bureau wanted to improve the communication within the regions on a variety of objectives. The goal of the Region Work Plan...

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Title: Children with Special Health Care Needs Program Reducing Medication Error at Camp Burnt Gin
Authors: Kirby Beal
Joye Lee
Excerpt: Due to the special health care needs of the campers at Camp Burnt Gin, three nurses are in residence during each camp session to provide routine nursing care for the complex health needs and to respond to medical emergencies...
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Title: Creating Awareness on the Current State of Health Care Coverage in South Carolina among Public Health Professionals
Author: Christian Ochonma
Excerpt: The number of uninsured people in the South Carolina is still high despite the...

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Title: Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) 2016
Author: Mark Macauda, PhD
Excerpt: Comprehensive sexual health education is vital to the current and future health and well-being of...


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Title: Actions to Increase Accessibility to Affordable Fruits and Vegetables
Author: Charity Breneman, MS, MSPH
Andrew Fogner
Excerpt: In South Carolina, two out of three adults are overweight or obese. Whereas among children, about one in three are ...
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Title: Assisting in the Training of New Employees
Author: Kirby Beal, MPH
Excerpt: At the beginning of this semester, the Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) program at the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) employed...

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Title: Camp Burnt Gin
Author: Allison Allred, MPH
Excerpt: Every year many children attend a variety of overnight summer camps. Camp is an opportunity for children to ...


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Title: SC DHEC Birth Defects Program Study of Neural Tube Defects during 2007-2014
Author: Yihong Zhan, Ph.D
Excerpt: Neural tube defects (NTD) are a category of birth defects, which are characterized by defective closure of the...

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Title: Identifying Hearing Loss in Newborns Provides SC Children with a Brighter Future
Author: Danielle Gentile, Ph.D
Excerpt: Did you know that hearing loss is one of the most common birth defects? It affects about 3 of every 1,000 babies. Untreated hearing loss in children can...

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Title: Developing a Return on Investment Model for the National Diabetes Prevention Program in South Carolina
Author: Joshua Sellner, MSPH
Excerpt: Every day more and more South Carolinians are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The traditional practice among the medical community to...
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Title: Evaluating the Prevalence of Daily Physical Education Offered in School Districts Across South Carolina
Author: Dana AlHasan, MPH
Excerpt: Children who are physically active are more likely to also be physically active as adults and thus incorporate healthy lifestyle behaviors. Schools are a great avenue to...
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Title: Surveillance and Evaluation: Helping Tobacco Prevention Program Demonstrate Results
Author: Daniel J. Kilpatrick, MPH, CEPR
Excerpt: Youth Tobacco Prevention is a growing concern not only across the country but in South Carolina as well. Consider the following...
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Title: Helping Smokers Quit with New Year’s Resolution Media Campaign
Author: Daniel J. Kilpatrick, MPH, CEPR
Excerpt: Smoking kills roughly 6,400 people in South Carolina each year. Annual health care costs in SC due to smoking total approximately...
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Title: How the Relationship Between DHEC and USC Maximized My Impact on Public Health
Author: Georges J. Nahhas, Ph.D.(c), MPH
Excerpt: I was a third year doctoral student in epidemiology at the University of South Carolina when I had to complete a consulting practicum as part of my academic program of study. As an international with very limited contacts and connections my chance of finding a consultation was close to null.


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Title: Too Small, Too Early, Or Too Sick: Ensuring Healthy Outcomes for Very Low Birth Weight Infants in South Carolina
Author: Hannah Lawrence, MPH Candidate 2014, CHES
Excerpt: The Very Low Birth Weight Database (VLBWDB) provides a source of documentation of very low birth weight infants in the state of South Carolina. Very low birth weight infants are defined as weighing less than 3 lbs 5 oz (1500 grams) at birth and are at risk for developing serious health conditions, often resulting in ...
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Title: Evaluation Helps Improve the Quality of Continuous Trainings
Author: Quyen To, MPH
Excerpt: Nationally, South Carolina has ranked very high for diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular diseases. To address these problems, the DHEC Diabetes Division, in collaboration with other agencies, regularly holds...
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Title: Improving access to health indicator data in order to best serve the health needs of South Carolinians
Author: Kelly Johnson, PhD(c), MPH
Excerpt: Understanding the health profile of a community is challenging, but the information is crucial when state health officials are planning programs and services aimed at...


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Title: LiveWell Kershaw: the healthiest county in South Carolina
Author: Kelly Kavanaugh, MPH, CHES
Excerpt: Kershaw County, South Carolina can be described as a fragmented community. With close proximity to Columbia, most state and federal organizations don't categorize it as a rural county; however, when measuring at anything smaller than the county level, almost half of the county...
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Title: Program Bridges Gap in Childhood Obesity Surveillance
Author: Abdoulaye Diedhiou, MD, MS, PhD
Excerpt: Hello, my name is Antoine, and I'm calling from Senator Darrell Jackson's office. The senator is seeking data on childhood obesity, racial disparities related to childhood overweight and obesity in South Carolina (SC), and how South Carolina rates compare nationally and to other...

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Title: Academic Practice Partnership Strengthens Statewide Diabetes Program
Author: Shelly-Ann Bowen, PhD
Excerpt: An estimated 300,000-350,000 people in South Carolina—9.6% of the total population—are living with diabetes, affecting more women than men; the prevalence of diabetes is higher in the nonwhite population (10.6%) than in the white population (7.3%). At the South Carolina Diabetes...

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