In May of 2017, LWK was chosen to participate in the Duke Endowment’s Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas initiative to support our work to advance population health in Kershaw County. This award included a grant for $150,000 of annual funding, allowing LWK to grow under the leadership of a full-time director while also broadening our efforts to a county-wide approach.

That same month, LWK opted to leverage Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas funding by joining the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation (SCALE) 2.0. Through this program, we were able to collaborate with communities championing health improvement work across the nation while training our team in advanced systems of equity and continuous quality improvement.