February 25, 2015

South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families expands health care access for Upstate South Carolina fathers

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families is expanding health care access to fathers in the Spartanburg, South Carolina, area. Dawn Pender, nurse practitioner for the center, will be making monthly visits to Spartanburg to give limited direct health care, health screenings, health education and engagement of potential health partners in the area to assist the center’s mostly non-Medicaid eligible and non-insured participants.

Pender has been providing similar services to the center’s participants at three other sites. The services are designed to bridge participants to much-needed medical, mental health, vision and dental care so they can look forward to a healthier future. Pender was approved to provide the new service to Spartanburg participants by the state medical board on February 4.

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families believes that children thrive when an engaged, responsible father is active in their lives. Yet, in South Carolina many children live in a father-absent home and the consequences are dire for these children. To address this issue, the center supports six fatherhood programs in 11 communities across the state while promoting father-friendly policies and practices and helping to erase society's negative stereotypes of unwed, low-income dads. Few programs have the expertise to deliver father-centered programs to enable men to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills to become responsible fathers and co-parents. The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families and the local fatherhood programs have this extensive experience.

The center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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