Mr. Matt McGrievy, director of the Web Development and Communications (WDC) Core within the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health’s Office of Operations and Accreditation, has joined the Board of Directors for Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina (ESMMSC). With the three-year term, Mr. McGrievy will contribute to ESMMSC’s mission of advancing community-led change to reduce obesity by making the healthy choice the easy choice for South Carolinians.
[Photo: Mr. Matt McGrievy]
Through advocacy, community action and youth engagement, ESMMSC works with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s (DHEC) Statewide Obesity Plan to bring lasting and healthy change to local communities. With nearly 40 percent of S.C. adults and more than 30 percent of S.C. children considered obese, ESMMSC’s efforts rely on collaborations from a range of organizations and groups throughout the state.
The Board of Directors is one way that ESMMSC ensures the interests of these varied stakeholders are represented as the organization leads and facilitates projects and partnerships to increase physical activity and healthy eating. The Board boasts a broad range of expertise with members whose backgrounds include city and state governance, fundraising, public health practice, medicine, social services, law, and many other areas. They hold key positions in organizations such as the S.C. state legislature, SC Department for Social Services, DHEC, United Way of the Midlands, S.C. Hospital Association, and Partners for Active Living.
Mr. McGrievy’s appointment will add yet another perspective to the already diverse Board. He has 15 years of systems administration, data management, security and project management experience—across major universities, such as the University of North Carolina, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Alabama. Mr. McGrievy joined the University of South Carolina in 2011 as the Informatics Manager, overseeing the development of custom web-based projects (e.g., website design, online training systems, mobile web app to track healthy eating and physical activity, web apps for data capture/management) within the Arnold School of Public Health.
In the five years since then, Mr. McGrievy has also assumed responsibility for the South Carolina’s website (including the migration of its 1400+ pages to South Carolina’s new content management system) and the communications/public relations activities within the school. Meanwhile, the scope of the fee-for-service, custom web-based projects for which Mr. McGrievy was hired has grown to include a diverse group of public health clients (e.g., Arnold School departments, DHEC, Health Sciences South Carolina, S.C. Hospital Association, S.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Mary Black Foundation and various federally- and privately-funded projects). In addition to his School website and communication responsibilities, Mr. McGrievy currently manages almost 20 active fee-for-service projects.