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Published on September 13, 2022

Tidelands Health’s community wellness initiatives serve as statewide model

Tidelands Health’s integrated, data-driven approach to fostering community wellness and helping uninsured and underinsured residents get access to needed health care is serving as a model for others across South Carolina.

logo - Tidelands Health with MUSC HealthLeaders from the health system’s community health resources team recently served as featured speakers at the South Carolina Hospital Association’s 2022 Community Health Forum at the River Center at Saluda Shoals. They explained their data-driven and community-informed approach, results and best practices during a panel discussion.

“It’s rewarding to be recognized as a leader and an example of what is working well,” said Kelly Kaminski, senior director of community health resources at Tidelands Health. “It’s gratifying to see how our initiatives have changed lives, and we are proud to share our successes with others throughout the state to help them have similar results in their communities.”

Tidelands Health tailors its wellness programs to meet the unique needs of the community by using data and community health surveys to identify and target needed areas. The community health resources department offers a range of programs and classes for residents, including the Diabetes Prevention Program, Triple P Positive Parenting Program and more.

In addition, Tidelands Community Care Network helps uninsured and underinsured residents get access to needed health care. The network brings together nearly 50 partner agencies and organizations to remove barriers health care such as a lack of transportation to appointments. Tidelands Health created the network a decade ago in partnership with AccessHealth SC and The Duke Endowment.

“Our innovative approach has yielded great results in helping our community members gain access to the services they need so they can live better lives through better health,” Kaminski said. “One of the network’s greatest community benefits is its role as a facilitator helping to foster partnerships and increase cross-sector collaboration. The result is stronger links in the community that lead to integrated care and better health outcomes.”

More than 50 representatives of AccessHealth SC and Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas initiatives throughout the state attended the Community Health Forum. Participating in the panel from Tidelands Health’s community health resources team: Kaminski; Robyn Karoly, assistant director; Amanda Cohen, community wellness manager; and Shawneequa Sumpter-Gibson, program manager of the Tidelands Community Care Network.

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Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 60 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employee, physician and volunteer partners work side by side with our communities to transform the health of our region – promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.