Childhood Obesity Taskforce

At a SCMA Board of Trustees meeting in August 2011 where former DHHS Director Robert Kerr spoke on the widespread obesity epidemic in South Carolina, Dr. Vincent Degenhart, Columbia anesthesiologist, and former SCMA Trustee, recognized that physicians needed to lead in the fight against this health crisis. Through his leadership, the South Carolina Childhood Obesity Taskforce was created, consisting of numerous community and healthcare leaders all committed to stopping childhood obesity in South Carolina dead in its tracks.

Through the talents within the task force, led by chairs Dr. Janice Key and Dr. Michael Finch, work is already underway. To date, numerous meetings have been held where leaders have discussed their ideas for the tools, resources, and methods of education needed in our state. The task force has further outlined four key areas where efforts need to be concentrated: schools, childcare, health care, and insurance, and advocacy.

Projects that have developed from the Taskforce thus far include; A Toolkit for South Carolina pediatricians and family medicine practitioners, Prescription for Parks, multiple educational sessions, implementation of obesity coding through Medicaid, partnerships with DHEC to eliminate obesity in more rural areas, and a future journal symposium issue detailing obesity-related activities in the state, to name a few.



Childhood Obesity Toolkit


To become involved on the SCMA Childhood Obesity Taskforce or obtain a copy of the childhood obesity toolkit, please send an email to Kate Morrow at

Bioethics Committee

According to the Principles of Medical Ethics, the medical profession has long subscribed to a body of ethical statements developed primarily for the benefit of the patient. As a member of this profession, a physician must recognize responsibility to patients first and foremost, as well as to society, to other health professionals, and to self.

To that end, the South Carolina Medical Association Bioethics Committee exists to survey the current medical landscape in the state of South Carolina and ensure that they uphold the highest ethical standards. The committee, chaired by Dr. John Roberts, has been involved in a number of issues, including but not limited to: advance care planning, legalization of medical marijuana, ethical issues in the scope of practice, informed consent, etc.




To get involved or to become a member of the SCMA Bioethics Committee, please contact Rebecca Brannon at

Coalition for the Care of the Seriously Ill

About CSI

This statewide coalition brings key organizations, clinicians, and healthcare entities together to collaboratively  redesign care, improve quality of life, and protect the ethical rights of the seriously, chronically, or terminally ill in South Carolina. The coalition is committed to improving the shared decision-making for this population by implementing strategies which help patients understand the typical trajectory of their condition and take an active role in their treatment, including decisions about their care.  One such strategy is the development the Physicians Order for Scope of Treatment (POST) form and implementation of the POST pilot project.  This group has taken the lead in implementing POST in South Carolina, beginning with a pilot study aimed at refining the form into one that best suits South Carolinians. The long-range plan is to propose changes, either statutory or regulatory, to institute the use of POST statewide once the pilot is completed.

CSI Mission

The Coalition believes that for patients nearing end-of-life, a meaningful conversation between a healthcare professional and a patient (and/or surrogates) to discuss the current medical conditions, treatment options, and choices within the context of personal values and beliefs is a standard of care. The use of the POST form can facilitate this discussion and guide subsequent patient treatment across healthcare settings.  One strategy of the CSI to encourage these meaningful conversations is the support of education that assists physicians and other healthcare providers in facilitating these discussions.

CSI Members

The Coalition is comprised of the following organizations: the South Carolina Medical Association, the South Carolina Hospital Association, the South Carolina Nurses Association, the South Carolina Healthcare Association, Leading Age South Carolina, South Carolina Citizens Concerned for Life, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the South Carolina Healthcare Ethics Network, the Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care, the SC Society of Chaplains, LifePoint, AARP, the South Carolina Office on Aging, and volunteers with expertise in specific areas such as law, social work, and legislation.



For more information regarding the SC Coalition for the Care of the Seriously Ill or to join, please contact Rebecca Brannon at