BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation Awards 10 Grants in the Spring of 2022
The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation awarded 10 grants in the spring of 2022 to organizations working to improve the health of South Carolina’s economically vulnerable citizens. Newly awarded projects primarily address priority health issues of diabetes and mental health. They also focus on increasing access to care and improving the health and well-being of South Carolina’s children and families.
Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation — This grant will help launch a full expansion of the Kids in Parks program across South Carolina to encourage children and their families to spend time outdoors, increasing physical activity and healthy behaviors, including 138 new TRACK trails across all 46 South Carolina counties. (4 years)
Mental Health America of Greenville County — This grant will support the launch of 988, a mental health focused emergency line with improved data and technology systems to handle the expected significant increase in call volume. (3 years)
National Alliance on Mental Illness South Carolina —This grant will help continue and expand Ending the Silence, a mental health awareness and suicide prevention training throughout middle and high schools in South Carolina with a focus on districts that have not previously been reached. (3 years)
The University of South Carolina — South Carolina Community Health Worker Institute — This grant will provide high-quality training and capacity building to organizations implementing the Community Health Worker (CHW) model across South Carolina. (3 years)
The University of South Carolina SNAP-Ed Implementing Agency — This grant will be used to conduct an assessment of high performing Food is Medicine interventions to replicate and inform state-level policy and systems changes needed to reduce food insecurity. (1 year)
These grants were approved to support the Diabetes Free SC Women’s Health Initiative.
Clemson University — This grant will provide integrated diabetes care over the lifespan of women from adolescence through old age in collaboration with Clemson Rural Health and the Regional Medical Center. (3 years)
Medical University of South Carolina Foundation — This grant will help prevent diabetes in women at high risk during their early reproductive years in partnership with Fetter Health Care Network. (3 years)
Prisma Health — Midlands — This grant will be used to provide women’s diabetes prevention and care through screening and prevention, improved diabetes management and postpartum care for women with pregestational or gestational diabetes. (3 years)
Prisma Health — Upstate — This grant will support diabetes education and care before and after pregnancy in collaboration with the MOMs in Control of Diabetes program. (3 years)
Rural Health Services — The goal of this grant is to provide medical care to low-income women with, or at risk for, diabetes using evidence-based strategies to empower women to achieve healthier pregnancies and birth outcomes. (3 years)