For Healthy Learners, 2021 was a year of obstacles and overcoming, trials and triumphs, of grace and growth. Despite the challenges of the year, the ministry was able to expand its reach from six counties to 10 in 2021. In total, Healthy Learners served 1,898 students, providing 7,418 health screenings and 8,906 services, and traveling 63,277 miles to enable students to receive those screenings and services.
The Healthy Learners 2021 Annual Report highlights these figures and provides updates on each service area and how they continue to serve more than 200 schools to ensure healthy children, better students and thriving communities.
With many students learning virtually in the winter and spring of 2021, Healthy Learners continued to provide children with access to care from both home and school as districts navigated pandemic protocols. In the summer, Healthy Learners had four AmeriCorps members that helped the ministry continue to serve through screening events and food delivery. Healthy Learners collaborated with summer camps, apartment complexes and library systems to do screenings, so that vision and dental problems could be identified and addressed before the start of the school year. Healthy Learners partnered with other non-profit organizations to deliver 3,625 meals to neighbors in need.
In the fall when school started again, Healthy Learners set up screening events in the districts served, since so few of these events could be done in 2020 because of the pandemic. Seven new AmeriCorps members joined in the fall and are helping reach the goal of serving more children in more communities across South Carolina.
Healthy Learners, which is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, provides students with access to essential medical, dental and vision care so they have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
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