(Greenwood, S.C., September 19, 2018) Three donations totaling over $100,000 were presented individually to Healthy Learners Greenwood, Greenwood Food Bank and the Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness at MUSC to further support efforts for community outreach.
Healthy Learners’ mission to remove children’s health barriers to learning with love and compassion is a driving factor in their daily operations. The non-profit plans to use their $50,000 in grant to support its Healthy Learners Greenwood (HLG) program in providing 225-255 children with access to over 900 health care services during the 2018-19 year in all Greenwood County School Districts. Additionally, the funds will help reduce unmet medical needs of students in the HLG program, increase transportation for children who need it to receive health care, address 95% of specific health barriers to learning for eligible children assessed and referred to Healthy Learners by a school nurse and support essential program costs to serve children who are in need.
The Greenwood County Food Bank feeds over 2,000 food insecure individuals each month. With their $43,000 grant, additional program services will be introduced to
maximize service operations and more closely identify those in need. Additionally, a case manager will be brought in to perform assessments and identify further necessities health and human service needs. VMcast, a computerized education and advocacy service, will also now be available to enhance the experience of those who utilize the food bank most by sharing health information, recipes, free medical/dental resources and food bank programs and services.
The Medical University of South Carolina Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness (MUSC BCCW) identified obesity, physical inactivity and poor nutrition as high priorities in Greenwood School District 50. In collaboration with the school district and the Self Family Foundation, BCCW will use their $25,310 to continue implementation of the Docs-Adopt School Health Initiative (DASHI), which concentrates on evidence-based nutrition and physical activity practices to promote healthier lifestyles and reduces risk of future health conditions like hypertension and diabetes in students, teachers and staff at all 16 schools.
To learn more about the Self Regional Healthcare Community Health Committee, call Selynto Anderson at (864) 725-4164.
About Self Regional Healthcare:
Self Regional Healthcare is a not-for-profit, regional referral hospital that provides care to residents of Greenwood, Abbeville, Laurens, Saluda, McCormick, Edgefield and Newberry counties. Services include prevention and wellness, acute care and tertiary care services including cancer care, neurosurgery, heart and vascular surgery, NICU, orthopedics and genetics. Self Medical Group is its employed physician affiliate network.