Duke Endowment Awards Grants to Increase Access to Health Care

Beaufort and Jasper Counties and Georgetown County receive multi-year grants to increase low income uninsured residents’ access to health care

The Duke Endowment has awarded two South Carolina communities a multi-year grant of $500,000 each to implement their strategic plans to increase low income uninsured residents’ access to health care.  The winning communities are: Beaufort and Jasper Counties and Georgetown County.

AccessHealth SC, administered by the South Carolina Hospital Association with financial support from The Duke Endowment, works with statewide and local partners to create and sustain coordinated, data-driven community-based networks of care. The networks will provide medical homes and ensure timely, affordable, high quality healthcare services for low-income uninsured people in South Carolina.

System Orientation, the first phase of AccessHealth SC, is designed to establish a multi-faceted strategic plan addressing access for low income uninsured in the community. AccessHealth SC has been working with the communities by providing technical assistance and facilitating the creation of a strategic plan.

Funds from The Duke Endowment will be distributed over a two year period to implement the plans developed in Phase I of the AccessHealth SC process. In Phase II of the initiative, the newly-formed networks will serve as a central location for the coordination of health care and the selection of medical homes for patients. The central network locations are designed to make navigating the health system easier for patients, close gaps in patient care and keep patients from getting lost in the shuffle. A key network focus will be on leveraging resources to present a unified front in treating the community’s population in need.

For more information on AccessHealth SC, visit www.accesshealthsc.net. Learn more about our currently operational networks here.