March 8, 2013
Through the Affordable Care Act, states may expand Medicaid coverage to persons up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Increasing access to Medicaid will give 450,000 to 600,000 uninsured Ohioans and approximately 250,000 uninsured South Carolinians the dignity of health insurance. The debate is in the state legislatures. Voices are needed now to encourage extension of Medicaid coverage. [More]
February 28, 2013
The third Nashville Songwriters in the Round event benefiting Healthy Learners is April 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Prince George Ocean Commons, in Pawleys, Island, South Carolina. In the spirit of Nashville and the famous Bluebird Cafe, songwriters share their songs written for many of country’s music stars and the stories behind them. [More]
February 7, 2013
Healthy Learners continues to make great progress in connecting South Carolina children to care so that poor health is not an obstacle to doing well in school. Read more about Healthy Learners in the latest issue of the "Healthy Insights from Healthy Learners" newsletter. [More]
November 2, 2012
Now in its 13th year, the annual Healthy Learners Champions for Children Golf Tournament in Memory of George Younginer continues to be the largest fundraiser for Healthy Learners. Thanks to 139 golfers, 34 volunteers and many generous sponsors, the October 17 golf outing at Fort Jackson Golf Club in Columbia, South Carolina, netted more than $86,000 for helping children access needed health care.
The event featured a great day of golf, food, prizes and more, plus a golf driving demonstration by two-time World Long Drive Champion David Mobley. The tournament was presented by AFLAC and had dozens of additional sponsors.
"Each year, proceeds from the golf tournament enable us to help hundreds of children all across South Carolina by providing them with health care services like vision care, dental care, and hearing evaluations," said Jo Pauling-Jones, executive director of Healthy Learners. We are grateful to our supporters and the community for investing in the health and future of the children."
Healthy Learners, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, is devoted to removing children’s health barriers to learning with love and compassion.
Pictured is one of several children from Healthy Learners who attended the event and interacted with golfers.
September 27, 2012
MidlandsBiz recently sat down with two Healthy Learners board members, Tina Emerson and Matthew Roberts, to talk about the tournament and the expansion of the Healthy Learners program beyond the Midlands into different regions of the state: Allendale, Dillon, Greenwood and Georgetown. [More]
June 29, 2012
The State newspaper recently published the a letter to the editor from Matt Shaffer, who is the board chair of Healthy Learners and senior vice president of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. [More]
June 11, 2012
The event provided Healthy Learners with a net profit of $20,000 and 100% of the funds will go directly to provide desperately needed health care services to school children in Georgetown County. [More]
March 27, 2012
Rhonda was concerned about her 4-year-old son, William, because he had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that caused him to have trouble focusing in school (4-year-old kindergarten). He also had multiple learning disabilities. Rhonda didn’t know what to do and felt overwhelmed because her family did not have health insurance and did not qualify for Medicaid. She was working 10-hour days making minimum wage and her husband also did not make much money. She asked William’s school for help and they referred her to Healthy Learners.
The Healthy Learners Dillon office coordinated a doctor’s visit, paid for the visit and paid for the medication prescribed to William to help control his ADHD. Healthy Learners also covered eye care and glasses, dentist visits and additional doctor visits for William and his older brother Hunter.
“I don’t know what we would have done without Healthy Learners because there was nowhere else to go,” said Rhonda. “We would have had to choose whether to buy groceries or pay for the doctor. If I had quit my job to qualify for Medicaid, we would have lost everything we had because we wouldn’t have been able to pay bills.”
Today, William is in a first-grade special education class receiving speech therapy and therapy for a comprehension disability. The ADHD medication has helped him focus in school. Together with the specialized attention he receives in special education, his grades have improved tremendously. Both William and Hunter now receive Medicaid, but Rhonda is grateful for the help they received from Healthy Learners.
“It’s hard to not get emotional when I talk about Healthy Learners. It’s hard to explain just how much they mean to me and our family. They gave me such peace of mind and lifted a tremendous pressure from us,” said Rhonda.
Read more about Healthy Learners in the latest issue of "Healthy Insights from Healthy Learners." Click the link below to view a PDF of the newsletter.
HL_News_Spring12Digital_final.pdf (665.88 kb)
June 17, 2011
In the spirit of Nashville and its famous Bluebird Café, local musicians will share their songs and the stories behind them on June 30 at “Songwriters in the Round,” an annual benefit for Healthy Learners.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Litchfield by the Sea Beach Clubhouse, located at 780 Retreat Beach Circle, in Pawleys Island, S.C. The concert will feature acoustic performances by Sarah Majors, Megan Mullins, Shawn Camp and Phillip Lammonds. More...
February 23, 2011
The Healthy Learners annual fund campaign, which ran from October 25 to December 31, 2010, has grossed $22,338 from 129 contributors to benefit the children served by Healthy Learners.
With five locations in South Carolina, Healthy Learners is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System devoted to removing children's health barriers to learning. More...