Watch a Video About How Youth Led a Community Improvement Project
We Have the Power to Impact the Health of Our Communities, and We’re Doing Something About It
Empowering future changemakers isn’t only for our youth. We empower community coalitions with knowledge, understanding, and funds to increase access to healthy choices and ultimately improve chronic disease across all populations. Access to healthy choices means ensuring all races and ethnicities in every community have safe parks, playgrounds, and trails; farmers’ markets and grocery stores; sidewalks and bike lanes; and other essential amenities that provide safe and affordable places to play and purchase fruits and vegetables.
Oftentimes, community health improvement projects require external funding, especially in our rural communities. When available, we award small grants for projects that have a big impact.
Most community coalitions consist of volunteers and are not included in local government budgets. Funding coalitions and their projects is the basis of our work.
health in policy training
Teaching community coalitions how to advocate for health in local resolutions, ordinances, and other policies is essential to changing population health.
Funding food distributions and community gardens help address hunger that exists in all areas of South Carolina.