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

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 awards Dawn Staley the 2016 Healthy Learners Champion for Children Award

Healthy Learners has named Dawn Staley, University of South Carolina head women’s basketball coach, as the 2016 Healthy Learners Champion for Children award recipient.[More]

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Healthy Learners highlights successful 2015-16 school year serving children in latest newsletter

Healthy Learners is devoted to removing children's health barriers to learning with love and compassion, which can be seen in the number of children it serves and the personal stories told by those children and families. Read more in the latest issue of the "Healthy Insights from Healthy Learners" newsletter.[More]

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Healthy Learners holds spelling bee fundraiser

Adults from Greenwood, South Carolina, recently displayed their spelling skills at the second annual Greenwood Friends of Healthy Learners Spelling Bee. The event raised more than $25,000 for the Healthy Learners Greenwood program.[More]

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Healthy Learners receives $50,000 grant

The Healthy Learners Greenwood program has received a grant for $50,000 from Self Regional Healthcare’s Community Health Committee. For 11 years, Healthy Learners Greenwood has increased access to health care services for children who are in need and without resources in upstate South Carolina.[More]

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Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine name Caritas Service Award recipient

The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine (CSA), founders of the Sisters of Charity Health System and its ministries, will present the Caritas Service Award to Dee Dee Chewning RN, SNP, NCSN of Lexington, South Carolina. The Caritas Service Award is given every four years to an individual who demonstrates generosity, untiring service, joyful witness of the love of God, and a commitment to the ministries of the Sisters of Charity in health care, social services, pastoral ministry or education.[More]

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