Healthy Learners

Health Learners

Healthy Learners is a nonprofit in South Carolina that gets needy children to the doctor so that poor health is not an obstacle to doing well in school. It addresses poverty at its root, so that future generations can lift themselves, and their communities, to a better life.

Health Learners

Believing that children learn better when they are healthy, Providence Hospitals and a group of committed community citizens established Healthy Learners in 1992 to help alleviate health related barriers to learning that face economically disadvantaged children. Currently, five Healthy Learners programs serve 148 schools in 10 school districts across South Carolina.

A ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, Healthy Learners’ services include vision care, dental care, hearing evaluations, assistance with prescription medications, clinical counseling and episodic care for other health concerns. Throughout the years, thousands of children have received health care services statewide and thousands of miles have been traveled while transporting children to their health care appointments.

Healthy Learners’ program evaluation outcome measures have documented a significant number of children with health status improvement, increased self-esteem and improved ability to perform academically in school. Not only have Healthy Learners' children improved their academic performance, the immense health disparities that economically disadvantaged children face are narrowing.

Learn more at www.healthylearners.com.


Healthy Learners

2749 Laurel Street
Columbia, SC 29204

p: 803 454 0350

Established 1992

Healthy Children. Better Students. Thriving Communities.

In the spirit of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Healthy Learners is devoted to removing children’s health barriers to learning with love and compassion.

Jo Pauling-Jones

Executive Director,
Healthy Learners

Jo Pauling-Jones

Jo Pauling Jones has been the executive director of Healthy Learners since 2005. Read More »

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Healthy Learners names Recipient of 2017 Healthy Learners Champion for Children Award

Celebrating its 25th year of serving children who are in need and without resources, Healthy Learners recently announced Van Hauser as the recipient of the 2017 Healthy Learners Champion for Children Award.[More]

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Healthy Learners Champions for Children Golf Tournament tees off October 25

The 18th Annual Healthy Learners Champions for Children Golf Tournament in Memory of George Younginer tees off October 25 at the Fort Jackson Golf Club in Columbia, South Carolina. The tournament will include a day of golf, food, entertainment, contests and prizes. The much-needed funds will help to support the mission of Healthy Learners.[More]

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Index-Journal: Healthy Learners Spelling Bee draws record crowd

Adults from Greenwood, South Carolina, displayed their spelling skills at the third annual Greenwood Friends of Healthy Learners Spelling Bee September 26. The event raised more than $30,000 for the Healthy Learners Greenwood program.[More]

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Healthy Learners Celebrates 25 Years

Healthy Learners is celebrating 25 years of being devoted to removing children’s health barriers to learning with love and compassion. Prior to 1992, too many children who were in need and without resources in South Carolina were falling through the cracks of the health care system and were going without needed medical services.[More]

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24-hour online giving event happening now to benefit South Carolina nonprofits

The Central Carolina Community Foundation is presenting its fourth regional day of giving in the Midlands of South Carolina today, Tuesday, May 2, with its 24-hour giving challenge, Midlands Gives—and Healthy Learners, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, is participating.[More]

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