The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and other stakeholders on Wednesday announced “Live Healthy SC,” a comprehensive plan to improve population health and address South Carolina’s greatest health challenges.
The plan was created through a unique partnership between DHEC and the Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina, a multi-sector coalition of state leaders working to align efforts to better address community health needs and reduce the future cost of care.
“Through planning and partnership, we can continue to improve the health of South Carolina,” Public Health Director Lilian Peake said in a statement. “Thanks to the many partners involved, Live Healthy SC is a plan for communities made by communities.”
The Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina was originally established in 2010 as the South Carolina Health Coordinating Council and evolved to a coalition of more than 50 diverse organizations – from Michelin to MUSC – working together to coordinate community resources to improve the health of all South Carolinians.
“It takes a whole community working in the same direction to really move the needle on a state’s health status,” Alliance Leadership team chair Teresa Arnold said. “That’s why it’s so important that so many diverse organizations and industry leaders across the state are committed to this plan.”
South Carolina is currently ranked 44 in state health status according to America’s Health Rankings and has been consistently among the lowest states for health status in other reports and analyses. High rates of stroke and diabetes and widespread health disparities are often cited as the state’s biggest health-related challenges.
To learn more, visit www.healthiersc.org.
Learn more about the Live Healthy SC plan at www.LiveHealthySC.com.