We introduced our Healthy Insights Grant Program last September (view article) and are happy to announce that SCACED has awarded a grant in the each of these South Carolina regions: Lowcountry, Midlands, Pee Dee and the Upstate.
The purpose of the program was to demonstrate how public data sources can be used to guide initiatives that improve the health of and promote healthy lifestyles in South Carolina's communities. Each community is unique, and upfront data analysis helped illustrate how and where funds should be directed to support projects that address the health challenges a particular community faces. Considering this data, SCACED is making strategic investments in the following community health projects...
Fresh Future Farm
“Cooking Up Community Economic Development”
In an effort to fulfill its mission to leverage urban agriculture to create socially just economic development, Fresh Future Farm will partner with the Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities (LAMC) and others to design and build a mobile DHEC certified kitchen incubator. This incubator, primarily located at FFF’s location in the Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood of North Charleston, will allow FFF to extend the shelf life of its produce and herbs, create and sell value added products, and train area food entrepreneurs to use the kitchen and grow their businesses. They will work with North Charleston and DHEC officials as well as architects to create a kitchen that can be reproduced in any part of the state.
Chester County Literacy Council
“Proper Nutrition 101”
This program will deliver an easy-to-understand nutritional curriculum for the population at large to make real and lasting change. Based on a grassroots initiative with the goal of developing universal nutritional programming, the Nutrition 101 curriculum supplies the catalyst to raise public awareness of the diet-health relationship across diverse literacy levels. Detailing the predisposing, enabling, and reinforcing factors for health and wellness, this initiative will create 100 “lay nutritionists” who gain the skillset to take active roles in their families’ health. Through three cycles of classes with twelve weeks of instruction per cycle, the curriculum fosters a mindset of nutritional knowledge that can maintain any individual for life and not just for a few months.
A Father’s Place
“Pathways to Health and Employment”
Pathways to Health and Employment will enhance participants’ health, employment readiness and economic stability by strengthening health education and increasing access to health services. The project’s goal is to improve the economic and health conditions of low-income noncustodial fathers in Marion County so they can be employable and contribute financially and emotionally to their children and communities. The project will serve 75 participants in Marion County. Through provision of a health education curriculum, bi-annual health screenings, consultations, and increased access to medical services, participants will improve their knowledge about healthy behaviors, health conditions, and nutrition.
Mill Community Ministries
“Mill Village Market at Greenlink Transit Station”
This project will transform a vacant space within the Greenlink Bus Transit Station in downtown Greenville into a vibrant, educational, and affordable farmer’s market storefront. The new market location will impact the surrounding residents as well as the more than 2,500 riders that pass through the Transit Station every day. Through this market, MCM will be able to reach more at-risk youth with paid employment to serve their community and be empowered with life- and job-skills. The market will also help expand MCM’s produce distribution, which will allow them to expand their agricultural opportunities and create more youth gardening employment opportunities. Finally, this project aims to provide educational outreach on sustainable backyard gardening by building a demonstration garden in the landscaping beds adjacent to the market.