February 29, 2012

Healthcare Financial Management Association Highlights Providence Hospitals’ “29203” Healthy Columbia Initiative

In a novel pilot in South Carolina, leaders from Providence Hospitals and other area hospitals are working with insurance executives, church volunteers, Medicaid officials and others to learn if a grassroots campaign can improve the health of residents in ZIP code 29203, which is one of the poorest areas of the state. Using principles of community activism that have proven successful in organizing farm workers and electing government officials, the South Carolina Organizing for Health project is engaging community leaders and citizens to identify unique approaches to improving population health. After the project launches on March 3, about 300 volunteer organizers will begin helping individuals, groups and neighborhoods in 29203 develop wellness programs and other health-oriented initiatives. Read more about it on the Healthcare Financial Mangement Association website.

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