All people deserve to live well.

Living well starts with good health across the community. This is the premise fueling the LiveWell Kershaw Coalition, an initiative led by the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County and funded in part by a grant from Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas (an initiative of The Duke Endowment).

LWK was founded by a group of community members interested in using data to guide action aimed at addressing the health issues faced by the residents of Kershaw County. Today, LWK works to foster collaboration between citizens of all ages, working in partnership with public and private sector organizations and schools to increase community awareness of health issues. The goal is to improve access to quality healthcare and encourage the people of Kershaw County to take ownership of the health of the whole county, acting together to reduce chronic disease and obesity among the members of the community. LWK is working to move the needle in community health care by getting youth engaged in this conversation.

See a history below:

 

LKW Begins

The LiveWell Kershaw Coalition began its population health journey on July 10, 2012 when roughly 60 individuals came together for the purpose of completing a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) for Kershaw County. The visionaries behind this group wanted to more than simply “check a box” in completing the CHNA for KershawHealth and committed to using quantitative and qualitative data to guide action aimed at addressing the health issues specifically related to residents of Kershaw County.

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LWK is awarded DHHS Contract

After identifying the northeastern portion of Kershaw County as a hotspot for chronic disease and over-utilization of the emergency room, the LiveWell Kershaw Coalition set out to change healthcare for residents in the North Central area through the assistance of a DHHS contract. In order to make an impact, the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County sought to meet those with the greatest…

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School-Based Health Center Opened at NCHS

Realizing that graduating from high school is the greatest predictor of health, LiveWell Kershaw set up a School-Based Health Center (SBHC) at North Central High School through the financial support provided by the DHHS contract. The SBHC operates as a “minute clinic” to see students for sick visits and sports physicals. The SBHC has been proven to increase seat time for students, thus increasing the likelihood of receiving a high school diploma.

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Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas, a Duke Endowment initiative

The LiveWell Kershaw Coalition was selected to participate in Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas and as a result, receives $150,000 in funding each year for three years to support population health advancement in Kershaw County. This funding has allowed the coalition to grow under the leadership of a full-time director, while also broadening efforts to a county-wide approach.

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Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s SCALE 2.0

Leveraging resources received from Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas, the Coalition was able to secure a spot in SCALE 2.0 (Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation), to collaborate with communities that are championing health improvement work across the nation. LiveWell Kershaw Coalition members have traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Seattle, Washington to receive training in Advanced Systems of Equity and Continuous Quality Improvement. What they have learned will be translated to those involved in the Coalition’s work.

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Healthy Lifestyles for Youth

The LiveWell Kershaw Coalition examined data from the Community Health Needs Assessment conducted in April 2017 — funded by the Health Services District of Kershaw County — to identify the most pressing health needs of the community. “Healthy Lifestyles for Youth” was deemed the priority with specific prevention focus to diabetes, teenage sexual activity, and tobacco/vaping use among high school students ages 14-18.

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