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Healthy 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.

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.

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.

2749 LAUREL STREET
COLUMBIA, SC 29204

P: 803 454 0350
WWW.HEALTHYLEARNERS.COM

AMY SPLITTGERBER

AMY SPLITTGERBER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
HEALTHY LEARNERS

Amy Splittgerber became the executive director of Healthy Learners in 2019. She has more than 20 years of experience in public health, including serving as the founding director for two non-profit organizations focused on fostering sustainable, healthy communities. She previously was the founding executive director of the SC Alliance of YMCAs, providing support to 20 YMCA associations in statewide initiatives, engaging in state and national advocacy, and developing partnerships with organizations and state agencies. She also founded Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina, where she managed a budget of $1.6 million while creating local healthy eating and active living coalitions across the state and engaging more than 1,000 partners and organizations in best practices.

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Recent Blog Posts

April 30, 2021

Online giving events to benefit Healthy Learners and South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families

Healthy Learners and the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families are preparing for two upcoming online giving days. Both ministries are participating in Midlands Gives (May 4) and Palmetto Giving Day (May 4-5).

Healthy Learners, South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, Outreach

February 22, 2021

Healthy Learners releases 2020 annual report; highlights bright spots during a difficult year

Healthy Learners has released its 2020 annual report, which acknowledges the challenges of 2020 while focusing on the bright spots. In a time when so many were without food, medicine, baby supplies and other essentials, Healthy Learners joined in to serve - including distributing more than 91,000 meals - while still working to identify and get children the health care they so desperately needed, regardless of where they were learning.

Healthy Learners, Outreach

February 5, 2021

Healthy Learners names new community manager for its Healthy Learners Upstate program

Healthy Learners has named Aimee Clark as community manager for its Healthy Learners Upstate program, which currently covers students in Greenwood County. As community manager, Clark provides oversight and management of the Healthy Learners Upstate program, including coordinating day-to-day operations of the program. Healthy Learners is devoted to removing children’s health barriers to learning with love and compassion.

Healthy Learners, Outreach

October 6, 2020

Index-Journal: Virtual spelling bee raises funds for Healthy Learners

Healthy Learners Greenwood recently hosted its sixth annual spelling bee, with adults showing off their spelling skills at the Greenwood Friends of Healthy Learners Spelling Bee. This year’s spelling bee went virtual, using video chat software to connect teams. Between registrations, sponsorships and teams paying to stay in the competition after a missed spelling, Healthy Learners raised more than $33,000.

Healthy Learners, Outreach