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DHEC in the News: Opioid abuse, diabetes champion, student-grown gardens

Here’s a look at health and environmental news from around South Carolina.

DAODAS director: Public education on opioid abuse, targeted programs key to saving lives

A comprehensive public education campaign, targeted programming and a laser-like focus on recovery are strategies the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services is employing to try to prevent deaths from opioid overdoses in the state.

Newly confirmed DAODAS Director Sara Goldsby said while more people are seeking treatment for opioid abuse, the opioid crisis has not yet leveled off because the state is still seeing more overdoses and more deaths from overdoses.

HopeHealth provider named diabetes champion

FLORENCE, S.C. – HopeHealth’s Christy Evans was presented the Diabetes Champion of the Year Award on March 9 during the 16th annual Chronic Disease Prevention Symposium in Myrtle Beach.

The award, presented by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, recognizes individuals who have made “substantial advancement in improving health care systems to improve care for patients through well-defined measures” with particular attention to nationally recommended diabetes standards of care.

Pee Dee students to grow gardens

FLORENCE, S.C. — Students at a few Florence schools and churches will soon have the pleasure of eating homegrown foods as a result of design and construction grants to install raised garden beds from the city and the local chapter of Eat Smart Move More.

The schools and churches are Carver Elementary Magnet School, North Vista Elementary School and Southside Middle School, plus the preschool at Central United Methodist Church, the youth program at Cumberland United Methodist Church and John Calvin Presbyterian Church.

Award-Winning Diabetes Research

By Kate Callahan, DrPH MPH, DHEC Chronic Disease Epidemiologist

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control was well represented at the 21st Annual Fall Diabetes Symposium in North Charleston on September 17 and 18. Staff from the Division of Chronic Disease Epidemiology contributed six of the 13 scientific posters at the symposium, and their graduate assistants were awarded first and second place in the poster competition for their impressive diabetes research.
Dana AlHasan received 1st place
Dana AlHasan received 1st place for her research that examined how the presence of different food outlets, such as fast food restaurants, contributed to the risk of diabetes.Second place Winners (2) 700w

Andrew Fogner and Charity Breneman received 2nd place for their research that evaluated trends of hospitalization rates for diabetes among individuals with additional comorbidities.

Other research that was displayed by the Chronic Disease Epidemiology staff addressed the burden of pre-diabetes among adults in South Carolina, the burden of diabetes among children in South Carolina, the impact of neighborhood-level characteristics on emergency department use among patients with diabetes, and the association between parent diabetes status and the health behaviors and outcomes of their children.

The Annual Fall Diabetes Symposium is an important, local venue that provides updates and trends in diabetes care, research, and burden that are needed to drive relevant care and research that makes an impact on diabetes in South Carolina. The Division of Chronic Disease Epidemiology staff were honored to be given the opportunity to contribute such a large amount of diabetes research to the symposium.