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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


“High Sugar” is rampant in the medically underserved areas of Columbia and Richland County.  The number of diagnosed cases of diabetes and obesity is increasing daily.  Our message to community members consist of understanding what high blood sugar is and what individuals can do to lower theirs, reduce their risk of diabetes and thus, live sugar-free. 

Live Sugar Free

We encourage community members to:

  • Eat Right
  • Exercise
  • Encourage Others
  • Take Action to live a healthy life
Health Risks

Diabetes is a disease where people have high sugar levels in their blood for an extended period of time.

Symptoms commonly include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Constantly hungry
  • Increased thirst
  • Blurred vision

Over time, untreated Diabetes can lead to:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Kidney failure
  • Blindness
  • Foot ulcers
  • Diabetic coma (can happen quickly when untreated)