Columbia, S.C. – The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation approved $6.7 million in grants in the latter half of 2011, bringing its total support for S.C. health initiatives to $7.7 million for the year.
Since the Foundation was established in 2003, it has allocated more than $37.8 million to address issues such as childhood health, community health, mental health, obesity, diabetes, nursing and health research, and the increasing need for free medical clinics.
Funding goes to nonprofit groups throughout the state that apply for grants. Each must demonstrate alignment with the foundation’s mission to improve health care and access to health care through projects and services that directly benefit the state’s most vulnerable populations.
The latest recipients are:
“Sixty percent of children in the Lowcountry enter school without having had an eye exam. In Spartanburg County, one out of every five children needs urgent dental care. Western York County has low-income, uninsured residents with no public transportation to the hospital and no access to urgent care locally. If current trends in childhood weight continue, one out of every three South Carolina children born in 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes due to poor diet and lack of activity. These are just a few examples of the needs in our state. We hope our grants will strengthen programs that are making a difference,” said Foundation Executive Director Harvey L. Galloway.
Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation (www.bcbsscfoundation.org) is a independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Its mission is to promote the health of South Carolinians and to expand access to health care in South Carolina for the economically disadvantaged by supporting integrated research, education and community service.