February 3, 2017

South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families program receives Healthy Insights grant money

A Father's Place, which is part of a network of fatherhood programs reaching across South Carolina that is supported and coordinated by the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, recently received a check for $25,000 as part of a Healthy Insights Grant from the South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED). The grant money will be used to improve economic conditions and health for low-wealth families.

Launched in January 2016, Data for Healthy Insights aims to strengthen efforts to combat obesity in South Carolina. A joint partnership between the MITRE Corporation and SCACED supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Healthy Insight tool harnesses publicly available sources, “big data”, across multiple sectors to identify communities most in need of access to healthy lifestyle resources and to pinpoint potential opportunities for interventions and investment.

The South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED) began its journey in community health programming through the Faith and Food Justice Initiative that began in 2014 to increase access to healthy foods for underserved communities and specifically targeted low-access areas known as “food deserts.”

The South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED) is a coalition of individuals and organizations who support the development of healthy and economically sustainable communities throughout South Carolina. Our members work collaboratively to build wealth and create economic opportunity for all SC residents, and many of our efforts are focused on minority communities and other groups who have been left out of the economic mainstream.

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, which is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, supports six fatherhood programs in South Carolina while promoting father-friendly policies and practices, and helping to erase society's negative stereotype of unwed, low-income dads.

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