The BlueCross® BlueShield® of South Carolina Foundation, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, awarded Wholespire and the South Carolina Office of Rural Health (SCORH) a grant to promote the health of South Carolina’s economically challenged population.
The project will build on both organizations’ ongoing efforts to address the core causes of poor health outcomes in the state. Wholespire and SCORH each have a strong track record of using a coalition-driven approach to bring about healthy change in communities. The two organizations collaborate with coalitions in 38 South Carolina counties.
The award will fund this effort across the state for four years. The primary components of this project will be the creation of a technical assistance model that includes scalable training and coaching, capacity building, and financial support for urban and rural coalitions across the state to improve population health.
The BlueCross® BlueShield® of South Carolina Foundation also financed SCORH’s Blueprint for Health program and Wholespire’s Let’s Go 3.0 mini-grant initiative, both of which were successful.
SCORH was able to provide funding of up to $25,000 to 12 communities through the Blueprint for Health initiative, which brought together rural community leaders from various sectors to collaborate on solutions to the root causes of poor health and build capacity at the local level to address community health issues.
Through the Let’s Go 3.0 mini-grants, Wholespire provided funding of up to $5,000 each for projects that increased access to healthy foods and safe places for physical activity through policy, systems and environmental change projects.