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 www.healthylearners.com.


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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Index-Journal: 4th annual spelling bee raises thousands for Healthy Learners

Adults from Greenwood, South Carolina, showed off their spelling skills at the fourth annual Greenwood Friends of Healthy Learners Spelling Bee September 25. The event was expected to raise more than $40,000 for the Healthy Learners Greenwood program.[More]

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Healthy Learners Champions for Children Golf Tournament hits the links October 24

The 19th Annual Healthy Learners Champions for Children Golf Tournament in Memory of George Younginer tees off October 24 at the Fort Jackson Golf Club in Columbia, South Carolina. The tournament will include a day of golf, food, entertainment, contests and prizes. The much-needed funds will help to support the mission of Healthy Learners.[More]

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24-hour online giving events happening now to benefit Healthy Learners

Healthy Learners is participating in two 24-hour online giving events that are happening today (May 1). Palmetto Giving Day supports 54 nonprofit organizations working in Georgetown County, South Carolina. Also today is Midlands Gives. In addition to receiving the money donated, every gift made through MidlandsGives.org until midnight helps the chances of Healthy Learners winning prizes given throughout the day ranging from $500 to $5,000.[More]

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Healthy Insights from Healthy Learners: Healthy Learners students share their success stories

In 25 years, Healthy Learners has provided more than 59,000 vision, dental, medication and other health related services to more than 12,600 individual students across South Carolina on its mission for healthy children, better students and thriving communities. The latest issue of the Healthy Insights from Healthy Learners newsletter shares the story of four of those students who Healthy Learners helped remove their health barriers to learning.[More]

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Healthy Learners adds new board member

John J. Garrison recently joined the Healthy Learners Board of Trustees. As Healthy Learners sharpens its focus on more efficient ways to provide access to health care for children who are in need and without resources in the state of South Carolina, the ministry welcomed the addition of a new board member with extensive legal and compliance experience.[More]

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