Congressman James Clyburn and his wife Emily on Tuesday gave a $100,000 scholarship endowment to a joint effort between the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health and Claflin University. The dual-degree program, would increase the number of public health professionals working in South Carolina.
Clyburn, the U.S. House Majority Whip says he lobbied for preventative health in the new health care law.
USC President, Dr. Harris Pastides, whose expertise is in public health, and Dr. James Tisdale, President of Claflin University were on hand to receive the public health endowment from Congressman Clyburn and his wife.
The dual-degree program, known as the “4 + 1 Program,” is designed to develop public health professionals from under-represented populations who are pursuing careers to address health disparities.
The James E. Clyburn Research and Scholarship Foundation awarded the $100,000 seed money. The foundation’s president and also faculty member at the Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. David Rivers explains the scholarship will train public health workers to overcome health disparities.
Rivers says prevention is the key to reducing health care costs.