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Collaborate and Promote Change

“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.” Mary McLeod Bethune

The power of a young mind is molded by a connection with resources, proper healthcare, and education. The communities in which our children thrive are forever evolving. We, as members of a collaboration of organizations and community partners in Georgetown County, must be willing to improve that which we deem reliable and secure to better support the clients that we serve.

Georgetown County South Carolina is approximately 814 square miles of land that includes coastal and inland communities. 21% of the population within this community lives below the Federal Poverty line. 19.8% of the 60,572 residents within Georgetown County are under the age of 18 years old. Why is this relevant when focusing on better serving the youth within our community?

In order for an area to prosper, you must first access the economically challenged population, your poverty stricken adults and children under the age of 18 years. It is important that we as partners of the Georgetown County community readily provide resources for this at-risk clientele, ensuring that proper health and education resources are available to promote and implement change. Being an outreach worker for Nurse-Family Partnership, this is a vision that guides my service to the community. Children are healthy. Families thrive. Communities prosper. Cycles are broken.

Nurse-Family Partnership is just one of the many amazing resources available in Georgetown County. Our focus with this program is to support first time pregnant Medicaid eligible moms by providing them with one-on-one support from a BSN Certified nurse. This nurse works with them in their homes from early in their pregnancy until their child is two years old. This service facilitates the proper education, care, and connection necessary to ensure a healthy thriving child, mother and family.

One fifth of Georgetown County is populated by residents under the age of 19 years old. 6,100 residents have less than a high school diploma, and 32 women between the ages of 15 and 19 gave birth in 2016. By supporting programs such as Nurse-Family Partnership, a member of the Health Care Collaborative for Children and Youth (HCCCY) of Georgetown County, you are promoting change within not only the audience served, but also the community as a whole.

HCCCY, positively impacting the lives of youth, one collaborative partner at a time….

Chasity Todd
Community Outreach Worker
Nurse-Family Partnership
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