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11 Grants Awarded Spring 2023

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The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation awarded grants in the spring of 2023 to organizations working to promote the health of people in South Carolina, especially those who are economically vulnerable. Seven of the grants listed are Health Priority grants. These focus on mental health and oral health. Four grants support the Diabetes Free SC initiative.

A Child’s Haven
Greenville County
This grant will launch and assess a hub-and-spoke model to expand the reach of its mental health-focused child care services. It will do this by co-locating an early childhood mental health clinician and social worker in at least six traditional early child care and educational settings. The aim is to increase access to treatment for developmental delays and decrease child care expulsions. (3 years)

Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Chesterfield, Edgefield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Laurens, Lee, Lexington, Marlboro, McCormick, Oconee, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, Sumter and Union counties
This grant will support use of the national, evidence-based Healthy Schools Program to create and sustain healthy school environments. The goal is to increase students’ physical activity and healthy eating to reduce the risk of diabetes and related chronic diseases. (3 years)

Children’s Trust of South Carolina
Anderson, Charleston, Cherokee, Georgetown, Greenville, Horry, Laurens, Pickens, Spartanburg, Union and Williamsburg counties
This grant will put in place the Teen Positive Parenting Program (Triple P). It will help families with children ages 12 – 16 by promoting protective factors, healthy development, and overall improved mental and physical health. (3 years)

Healthy Learners
Cherokee, Chesterfield, Darlington, Florence, Spartanburg and Union counties
This grant will expand Healthy Learners’ reach and impact in two new regions of South Carolina, covering six additional counties. Its aim is to further statewide coverage. Healthy Learners provides yearly vision, hearing and dental screenings to all children in prekindergarten (pre-K) through 12th grade. It also provides case management and transportation to make sure children get services they need. (3 years)

Impact America
This grant will provide free vision screenings and access to eyeglasses to children ages 6 months to 5 years in Head Start programs, pre-K classrooms and day care centers. (3 years)

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
Beaufort, Calhoun, Colleton, Charleston, Florence, Hampton and Orangeburg counties
This grant will support the MUSC Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness (BCCW) School-Based Wellness Initiative pilot that will provide an intensive, multitiered approach to school-based services for children at the highest risk of or living with diabetes. (3 years)

Midlands Technical College
Richland, Fairfield and Lexington counties
This grant will be used to buy technology that will improve patient care at its community dental clinic. It will also expand services in the surrounding community. (1 year)

North Charleston Dental Outreach
Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties
This grant will support the purchase of dental treatment equipment and supplies to provide more services and serve more patients. (1 year)

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach
Charleston County
This grant will increase the number of oral health services the group can provide through new equipment and increased operational capacity. (2 years)

Prisma Health — Midlands
Bamberg, Barnwell, Clarendon, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter and York counties
This grant will increase the reach of the Management of Maternal (MOMs) diabetes program to improve diabetes care for women during and after pregnancy through the development of a hub-and-spoke model to expand care into more counties. (2 years)

Prisma Health — Upstate
Anderson, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens and Spartanburg counties
This grant will increase the reach of the Management of Maternal (MOMs) diabetes program by supporting telehealth expansion and use of technology to improve health outcomes for pregnant women with diabetes in more rural areas of the Upstate. (2 years)