LWK disseminated a Youth Wellbeing Assessment to the four high schools in Kershaw County to determine overall health and wellbeing status of its priority population. Indicators from the survey captured overall well- being, cognitive well-being, meaning and purpose, social well-being, emotional well-being, and physical well-being.
All four high schools completed this survey for a total of 1,229 responses. There is an estimated 3,150 high school students in the county for a survey response rate of 39%. The LWK team has stratified the results by zip code, grade level, race, and gender to provide student leaders with a starting point for targeted interventions addressing baseline results to then measure improvement of indicators overtime.
Partnership and collaboration are key ingredients to implementation. We are blessed to have community leaders that identify resources that match our mission. Way to go North Central High School and Laurie Slade Funderburk! We are so proud of our Intern, Izzy Baipho, for her ongoing role in these activities and Mary Reames, our Intern Coordinator, for being the summer inspiration to spark our students to action🤸♀️🗣️💚
Our Coalition Director, Kathryn Johnson, attended South Carolina Office of Rural Health’s Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC and had the opportunity to participate in a Poverty Simulation held by SC Thrive.
Here is her take on the experience:
I had the opportunity to participate in SC Thrive’s Poverty Simulation as part of the South Carolina Office of Rural Health’s Annual Conference. Not only was this three hour simulation eye-opening it was also frustrating…in a meaningful way. Upon arriving, each person was assigned a role in a family, as well as provided with context of how they fit into their family. I played the role of Warren Wiscott, a 52 year old disabled, high school graduate. I, along with my wife, Winona, have been raising our two grandchildren ever since our daughter was incarcerated for drug use. As part of the simulation, we were provided with some cash, five transportation vouchers, social security cards, and our monthly budget including all expenses that we need to cover. Various agencies and organizations were present for us utilize to stay afloat throughout our month of living including: a bank, grocery store, homeless shelter, employment office, inter-faith agency, school, pawn shop, pay day lending service, jail, Department of Social Services, mortgage lender, and others. Using the resources we started with and the story lines provided, we were expected to navigate these various systems to make sure our family’s needs were met.
By the end of the hour, the Wiscott family had failed to purchase ANY food for the entire month, spent 100 dollars cashing checks at the bank they were not a member of, pawned some jewelry in order to buy more transportation passes, was evicted from their home for not paying the mortgage on time, AND lost custody of the two grandchildren after failing to provide supervision for them during their “spring break.” (Winona was at work and Warren (myself) spent too much time filling out an application for EBT that turns out…wouldn’t provide benefits until the following month. I didn’t have enough transportation tickets to bring our grandkids with me on my errands. Our neighbor, who wouldn’t watch our grandchildren for us, called DSS for neglect…imagine that.)
Having trouble following this journey? Me too…and I’m still confused. It was an hour spent trying to budget, considering how to get transportation to multiple agencies that weren’t talking to each other, and juggling our grandchildren. Now think, millions of people live this every day…no simulation needed.
This experience reminded me of the lake and the fish analysis. I was recently introduced to this concept by the Racial Equity Institute. It goes like this… you happen upon a lake that is filled with dead fish. You start to pull each fish out and nurse them back to health (for this analysis…it works!) When each fish has been revived, you throw it back in the lake only to come back days later and find all those newly revived fish, dead once again. So what’s up with this lake? Is it possible that the groundwater seeping into the lake is contaminated? Our lake in this example is representative of a system or the interconnectedness of many systems that hold power over one’s livelihood. If we relate this example to healthcare and the work we do in trying to fix one component of an individual’s health without considering the system this person will return to…we only put a band-aid on the issue at hand, expecting this person to survive in a world where all things are not held equal. Looking at the world through the lake and the fish analysis feels bleak and unchangeable. Fight this feeling. The fact that these simulations exist acknowledges that there are organizations ready to examine the “groundwater” that is killing our “fish.” Look at the system you work in and identify improvements needed through the lens of your patient/customer/client. Our immediate next step should be to demand that the gatekeepers to these systems participate in a Poverty Simulation for a hands-on look at the frustrating processes associated with the systems we hold in place for those that need help the most.
The word is out! 🗣 Individuals across the state are hearing about the work being accomplished in Kershaw County through community partnership and collaboration. Over the past two weeks, we have shared our model at theSouth Carolina Office of Rural Health Annual Conference and at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. This work could not be accomplished without the participation and collaboration of individuals and organizations in Kershaw County seeking population health improvement. 👥📈✅
Have you heard about Brain Breaks? Here is our Camden High School – SC Health Ambassador, Deniah, leading Junior Leadership Kershaw County through “Breath of Joy” to get the blood flowing during their non-profit session!
Less 🤯 and more 🤓 please!
We had the opportunity to co-create a shared vision for success in working with high school youth in Kershaw County. As part of our involvement with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) as a SCALE 2.0 community, we were honored to include Executive Lead of 100Million Healthier Lives and Vice President of IHI, Dr. Soma Stout in this session. This was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how Kershaw County collaborates to create community transformation to improve population health, as evidenced by our All-America City 2018 win. Moving forward, the coalition will be presented with the information that came out of this session in order to link community resources to the support that students need. Special thanks to Amy Speaks, Rose Montgomery, Casey Robinson, Mary Anne Byrd, and Maria Spring for representing Camden High, North Central High, Camden Military Academy, Lugoff-Elgin High, and the Kershaw County School District.
#100MLives #HealthyCarolinas #LWK
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’! – Audrey Hepburn”
Hi, it’s me, Destiny. This week I’m going to talk about believing in yourself. Sometimes as humans, we can be our worst enemies. Personally, I always lacked self-confidence. I would always doubt myself when I had an objective or wanted to start something new I would be negative about it. Doing this internship has taught me the value of confidence. The quote above is very inspiring because I realize that things we do will always help build us. We often let fear decide for us because fear is something that comes natural when we faced with things. Even if we win or fail at anything it can be done and we still will have something to take with us. So remember if you are scared to do something, take the chance and do it.
We live in a high-stress society so learning how to relive that stress is super important. An easy way to do this is practicing breathwork a little bit every day. Just taking deep even breaths helps relieve stress. -Izzy, NCHS
Today I will give you guys a health tip about reading the nutrition labels. On Tuesday this week Missi came to talk to us about nutrition labels and how to calculate the calories on prepackaged food. The important take away was whenever you read the ingredients make sure you can pronounce the words, because if you are not able to means that it was made in a lab and isn’t natural. – Deniah A. from Camden High
The summer Health Ambassadors had the opportunity to present research that has inspired them in the work they are doing to establish their own student-led programs at the school. Thank you, Mr. Cox and Amy Speaks for your positivity, feedback, and reinforcement that data matters! •
#leadingfromwithin #leadingtogether#leadingforoutcomes #100MLives#HealthyCarolinas