Category Archives: Outreach

DHEC Joins Team South Carolina to Prepare & Respond to Hurricane Ian

Sept. 26 – Oct. 1, 2022

DHEC Director Dr. Edward Simmer joins South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and other state emergency officials on Sept. 30, 2022, to provide an update on Hurricane Ian.

Before Hurricane Ian ever made landfall in South Carolina, DHEC’s team of dedicated employees began to prepare for the storm’s anticipated impact.

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#WorldHepatitisDay Focuses on Need for Urgency in the Fight Against Viral Hepatitis 

“I can’t wait.” That’s the theme the World Hepatitis Alliance has chosen for World Hepatitis Day, July 28. The intent is to highlight the need to accelerate the fight against viral hepatitis, the importance of testing and treatment, and to amplify the voices of people affected by calling for immediate action and the end of stigma and discrimination.  

In our state, we declare that South Carolina Can’t Wait!  

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DHEC Recognizes Hurricane Preparedness Week

Hurricane season incoming

Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 29 – June 4, and to help long-term care facilities prepare for an emergency, members of Public Health Preparedness and Healthcare Quality recently held the South Carolina Health Care Facility Hurricane Workshop. The workshop included several exercises and served as a time for nursing homes and community residential care facilities to learn, share, and discuss the best methods to properly prepare for the circumstances caused by hurricanes.

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Join DHEC and the American Heart Association for National CPR and AED Awareness Week (June 1-7)

According to the American Heart Association, more than 350,000 EMS-assessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States each year. 

DHEC is pleased to support the American Heart Association and its mission to increase survival from cardiac arrest.

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Have you checked in with yourself lately? May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and did you know that, per Mental Health America, 21% of all U.S. adults live with a mental health condition? With mental health entering more and more of our daily conversations, it’s critical that everyone has a solid foundation of knowledge about mental health.

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