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A Burden Lifted Leads to More Focused Learning

Alatyana Sanchez’s family was struggling to make ends meet. She was attending Allendale-Fairfax High School in Fairfax, South Carolina, when she was referred to Healthy Learners. She did have Medicaid, but it was still difficult for her to get proper eye care. Healthy Learners transported her to vision appointments at provider partners for several years. […]

Posted on March 29th, 2018


Overcoming a Learning Barrier

It’s not surprising that children who cannot see cannot learn. That’s why Healthy Learners has helped thousands of children get eyeglasses since 2000. One of those children who has been helped is Blanca Mojica. Blanca was in high school in Greenwood, South Carolina, when she began having trouble seeing the boards in school, making it […]

Posted on March 29th, 2018


Glasses Help Third Grader See Path to College

As a third grader at South Kilbourne Elementary School in Columbia, Atiya had difficulty seeing the board in the classroom, which made it difficult for her to focus on learning. Without health or vision insurance and with a single mother struggling to support four children, the school nurse connected Atiya and her mother to Healthy […]

Posted on March 29th, 2018


Relief for a Hard-Working Mother—and Her Son

Winslow Hill’s mom was a hard-working single parent of two, working first shift to make ends meet for her family. She had medical insurance through her employer, b ut not dental coverage.  When her son Winslow, an 11th-grade student at Greenwood High School at the time, needed dental work, Healthy Learners was there to help. […]

Posted on March 29th, 2018


Sixth Grader is Amazed by the Difference a Pair of Glasses Make

As shared with the HL Georgetown program manager, this sixth grader has a vision of 20/100 in one eye before correction and had never had glasses.  “What a wonderful sight I experienced this morning, when *Allen put his glasses on and said ‘I can see’. The look on his face was stunning with amazement. Thank […]

Posted on March 20th, 2018


Georgetown School Nurse Thanks Healthy Learners

“Thank you for making our job easier.  I remember the days when we wondered what can we do, and now you are here to save the day!” Patsy Lewis

Posted on September 21st, 2017


Retiring School Nurse Thanks Healthy Learners Georgetown

I want to take this opportunity to thank you both (Rebecca and Merlethia) for the wonderful support and service you give to Georgetown County schools students and staff. I am retiring this year and will miss the interaction with both of you. I know I have never worked with a group more interested in and […]

Posted on May 4th, 2017


Toothache Behind Him, Student Can Excel in School

Jake, a middle school student, was suffering from a severe toothache. Because there was no documentation of a dental home or insurance coverage, the school nurse contacted his parent to see if Healthy Learners could help. Jake’s parent completed the Healthy Learners consent forms and returned them promptly to the school nurse. Healthy Learners scheduled […]

Posted on February 23rd, 2017


A Little Skin Cream Goes a Long Way

A school nurse noticed a rash on fifth-grader Alena’s* arm. The nurse contacted Alena’s mom about receiving medical treatment for the rash. Unfortunately, her mom did not have a car or other means to get Alena to the doctor, so the school nurse discussed Healthy Learners with her. The nurse sent home a Healthy Learner […]

Posted on February 23rd, 2017


Student Continues to Thrive with Proper Medical and Dental Care

Joseph* was a first grader in a special education class when a school nurse referred him to Healthy Learners. He needed an evaluation for behavioral issues and for struggling academically in the classroom. He had been dismissed by his primary care physician for multiple no shows. Joseph’s family had no transportation and he did not […]

Posted on February 23rd, 2017


Quick Trip to the Doctor Means Second Grader Can Focus on School Work Again

Second-grader Marvin* was referred to Healthy Learners for a skin rash. His family did not own a car so Marvin’s father had to ride with a co-worker to work each day while the mother stayed at home with two younger siblings. Because of the lack of transportation, Marvin had not been able to get to […]

Posted on February 23rd, 2017


Single Working Father Gets Help to Greatly Improve Daughter’s Ability to Learn

Charity’s* father recently became a single parent of his 7-year-old daughter. Because being the sole parent of a little girl was so new to him, Charity’s school nurse thought Healthy Learners would be a great resource. At the time of the referral to Healthy Learners, Charity had multiple health needs and did not have health […]

Posted on March 24th, 2016


Proper Care Keeps Child’s Asthma Attacks Under Control

Jimmy* had multiple unmet health needs—including asthma, ADHD, poor eyesight and more. Jimmy’s step father has been raising Jimmy and three other children by himself, while struggling with his own health limitations and a lack of transportation. The case manager at 9-year-old Jimmy’s school referred Jimmy to Healthy Learners to ensure he had access to […]

Posted on March 10th, 2016


Georgetown School Nurse Comment (Judy Misiak, RN)

“Cheryl Hunter* had an EKG at her doctor’s office Wednesday to rule out a possible cardiac condition.  Cheryl stopped in the health office this morning, said the EKG was normal and that she had the doctor’s written documentation she needs to present. As always, I want to thank Merlethia Greene from Healthy Learners Georgetown for […]

Posted on March 4th, 2016


Georgetown School Nurse Comment (Lou Anna Miller, RN)

“I wanted to thank you all for helping with the paperwork for Owen*. They are all completed, and waiting on Ms. Greene to forward to the appropriate place. This will allow the MD to proceed with the tests, and or treatment for Owen. It is so good to work with such great people, always willing […]

Posted on March 4th, 2016


February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

The month of February is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) .  Each February, the American Dental Association sponsors NCDHM to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.  Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.  The February 2016 NCDHM Program […]

Posted on February 10th, 2016


Needed Medication Helps 4-Year Old Breathe Easier

Four-year-old Dion* and his mother had recently relocated to the Georgetown area. Dion attended pre-k at a Georgetown elementary school. He needed an inhaler and his mother had applied for Medicaid to ensure Dion could receive the medical care and prescriptions he required. While still waiting for confirmation from Medicaid, Dion’s elementary school nurse told […]

Posted on November 13th, 2015


Emergency Dental Treatment Allows High School Student to Stay in School

The pain from 16-year-old Bailey’s* abscessed tooth was so severe, she could not sleep at night or concentrate in high school. She was also missing school because of the severe pain. She eventually visited a Georgetown dental provider. The dentist referred her to Healthy Learners because she needed emergency treatment, but her Medicaid had lapsed […]

Posted on November 13th, 2015


Repaired Eyeglasses Keep Student on Track at School

A teacher at a Georgetown elementary school noticed that 8-year-old Emma*, a girl in her class, would squint to see the front of the classroom and the material on the board. The teacher spoke to the school nurse, who contacted Emma’s mother to find out if the student had ever worn glasses or had an […]

Posted on November 13th, 2015


New Glasses Help Student See School in a New Light

Ben*, who is 13, misplaced his glasses and had a difficult time seeing clearly without them. Ben’s guardian (his grandparent) couldn’t afford new glasses and contacted Ben’s school nurse, who sent an application for Healthy Learners home to his grandparent. After receiving the application and consent, Healthy Learners contacted Ben’s eye care provider and ordered […]

Posted on November 13th, 2015