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HopeHealth Partners with TogetherSC

on Tuesday, 01 March 2022. Posted in Local News

Representatives from HopeHealth and TogetherSC recently gathered at the Bean Market in Lake City.

  Through an initiative made possible through the American Rescue Plan Act, HopeHealth, and TogetherSC recently launched a series of conversations with community leaders to address partnership needs and identify the critical social determinants of health conditions impacting the people they serve.

    After several Zoom gatherings, more than 50 nonprofit representatives recently gathered at the Bean Market in Lake City for meaningful conversations about how we can best serve the citizens of Lower Florence and Williamsburg Counties.

     HopeHealth has enlisted TogetherSC, a state network of nonprofit, philanthropic and community leaders, to facilitate a program of engagement to connect HopeHealth with potential nonprofit partners working in HopeHealth’s four-county service area.

   Through a series of engagements, TogetherSC and HopeHealth aim to build truly collaborative partnerships. “It’s exciting when organizational leaders working closely with community residents identify unmet needs, and then we can help connect those leaders with other groups who can help meet those needs,” said Madeleine McGee, president of TogetherSC. “These partnerships reduce redundancy and improve service delivery.”. The meeting in Lake City brought together several organizations from Williamsburg and Lower Florence counties to discuss details of the collaboration. It also included a training and facilitated discussion by the leadership of Fact Forward that let attendees understand the important roles played by nonprofits in all areas of social determinants of health.

   “I am thrilled to be working with these organizations who serve some of the most underserved areas in our state,” said Nicole Echols, director of external affairs at HopeHealth. “We look forward to addressing five critical areas of social determinants of health.”

   The five areas Echols refers to include: economic stability, education, health and health care, neighborhood and built environment, and social and community.

     HopeHealth and TogetherSC are currently meeting with nonprofits in several areas throughout the state. “We are hopeful several new collaborations will come out of these meetings,” said McGee.

    “HopeHealth’s commitment to encouraging and supporting such collaborations with community groups will be a game-changer for these groups and those they serve.”

   To learn more about the initiative, go to      togethersc.org/hopehealth-partnership-initiative

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