September 24, 2014

Healthy Learners holds community meeting and listening session

Healthy Learners recently hosted a community meeting in Greenwood, South Carolina, to discuss the sustainability of the Healthy Learners Greenwood program and to share the direct impact of the program. The meeting was held in conjunction with a listening session hosted by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.

The meeting provided an opportunity to uncover new insights and solutions, with a goal of increasing contributions and commitments to the continuation of the program.

John Heydel, resident of Greenwood and chair of the Healthy Learners Board of Trustees opened the meeting stating, “Today is all about the health and well-being of our children.”

Board member Sister Nancy Hendershot, CSA, offered a prayer and discussed the importance of collaboration to carry out the program’s mission. She said, “Since 2005, when the Sisters of Charity Health System approved the expansion of Healthy Learners to Greenwood, we have been meeting the unmet health care needs of children in this community. We always knew that we could not sustain this ministry without the commitment and support of the local community. We are here today to ask you to commit to helping us financially sustain the Healthy Learners Greenwood program and to work with us to determine how it can be done. Thank you for being here, and for your willingness to help us continue to make access to health care available for the children in Greenwood County.”

Healthy Learners Greenwood provider, Mary Haigler, DMD, talked about the impact of Healthy Learners on the community and the children served by Healthy Learners. Parent Jennifer Todd provided a compelling testimonial as she expressed her appreciation to Healthy Learners for the access to health care and coordination of services for her son.

Since Healthy Learners Greenwood began to operate in 2005, the program has provided 1,136 children with access to 6,633 health care services. More than 79,371 miles have been traveled transporting children to and from health care appointments, picking up and delivering their medications and glasses, and following up as needed.

Immediately following the community meeting, Tom Keith, president of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina and his staff spoke with families, school administrators, school nurses and board members, who shared their experiences about being involved with the Healthy Learners program.

Healthy Learners and the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina are ministries of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

Pictured are Joanne Bamberg Jackson, Katrina Spigner and Todd Buehrig.

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