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 Snapshot of Health Disparities in 29203

       Approximately 45,605 people

       83.8% African American

       14.1% White

       0.1% Other

       30% of residents are uninsured

       50% of residents have Medicaid/Medicare

       20% of residents have private insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield)

       30.3% living in poverty: One in three residents live in poverty, twice the poverty rate of SC

       One of the highest amputation rates due to diabetes in the US

       57.1% considered low income

       More that 60% of the population is overweight

       11% 65 + yrs

       Per capital income is almost ½ of Richland Co & 70% of SC

      2010 Inpatient & Emergency Room expenditure: $254 million Total, ER $54 million

      Equals an average of $7,358 per person

      Top Five Non-Emergency ER visits 2010

  §  Pediatric ENT

     ​§  Adult ENT

     §  Asthma

     §  Kidney

      §  Adult Dental


About us

• Community organization that works all over Richland County 

     o High rates of chronic illnesses such as heart disease and cancer

     o Many people don’t have access to primary care

     o 1 in 3 individuals is uninsured

• We work to improve health outcomes of the people that are medically underserved in 

Richland County.

     o Use community organizing to engage multiple constituencies into action 

     o Hold health screenings where individuals come out to get blood sugar, BMI, body 

       fat percentage, and blood pressure measured.

     o We take this opportunity to start the conversation about their health 

     o We also link people with healthy lifestyle programs, social services, access to 

       primary care

     o Promote healthy lifestyle, and develop leadership skills within people who live in 

       this area to take action and improve their health

• We focus on using community organizing to establish relationships with grass tops 

and grass roots. We partner with our community members to develop the necessary 

leadership to take action and create lasting change in the area.

Our Campaigns
Healthy Columbia's campaigns have lots of energy and are focused on a particular issue, act or event. By working as teams, organizing builds  community leaders who share responsibility and accountability. Organizing for health begain engaging constituents with the following critera for the strategies to be used in the campaign in Columbia:
  1. Uses Organizing as a theory of change
  2. Engages multiple constituencies in action
  3. Improves health outcomes
  4. Increases access to quality, affordable care
  5. Reduces costs
In addition to these strategies, Healthy Columbia works directly with the community to inform them on important issues that respond directly to the local community's expressed values and interests:
  • Lifestyle issues
  • Health literacy
  • Develop new organizing and leadership skills within the community, payers and providers
  • Develops an Accountable Care Community
What We Bring to Your Community
 Healthy Columbia is your neighbors, your church members, your friends and family who are volunteering to transform Columbia from unhealthy and undeserved to healty and fully served. Here a few ways Healthy Columbia can support your neighborhood association, congregation, school, civic group or business:
  • Free community health screenings
    • Check for Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, and BMI
    • Make referrals to follow up care, Lifestyle programs, and social needs
  • Community health advocates
    • Community health advocates can volunteer in your neighborhood or your faith-based organization
  • Campaign Development
    • Healthy Columbia can work with your neighborhood association, congregation, school, civic group or business to develop a campaign to improve the health of contituents
  • Training
    • Provide training to transform communities to build strong leadership, organizing, and action