Category Archives: Community Health

DHEC recognizes National Public Health Week (April 3-9)

This year’s theme for National Public Health Week (NPHW) (April 3-9) is “Centering and Celebrating Cultures in Health.”

DHEC works with our partners and communities across the state to overcome health disparities and realize the goal of every individual having the opportunity to achieve their full health potential,” said Dr. Edward Simmer, DHEC Director. “When we foster cultural connections in our community, our health and the quality of our lives are greatly improved.

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Ruth Dodd: A Pioneer in TB and Children’s Health 

Ruth Dodd is pictured here with South Carolina’s original Public Health nurses.

March is Women’s History Month, and March 24 is World TB Day, so it’s a great time for us to recognize one of South Carolina’s public health pioneers, Ruth Dodd. 

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Follow your kidney health during National Kidney Month

As many as 90 percent of Americans who have chronic kidney disease (CKD) don’t know they have it until it’s advanced.

March is National Kidney Month, and DHEC is encouraging everyone to follow their kidney health closely. DHEC recognizes the significant roles health care professionals, renal dialysis facilities and those living with CKD play in the awareness of kidney disease.

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DHEC Recognizes National Social Work Month

National Social Work Month, observed throughout March, uplifts social workers and celebrates their constant contributions to our society. This year’s theme, “Social Work Breaks Barriers,” highlights the innovative ways in which social workers help enrich and empower people in our communities to overcome challenges so they can live to their fullest potential. 

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