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  • 1992

    1992

    The Duke Endowment awarded a substantial grant to Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals, which was the official beginning of Health Reach, which served five inner-city schools in Richland School District One.
  • 1995

    1995

    Health Reach transitioned from Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals to a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

  • 1995

    1995

    With the financial support of the Sisters of Charity Foundation, the program expanded into Richland Two Schools.

  • 1997

    1997

    With the financial support of the Sisters of Charity Foundation, the program expanded into Lexington Two Schools.

  • 1998

    1998

    The Health Reach model was replicated by Tuomey Healthcare System in Lee County.

  • 1999

    1999

    A formal Advisory Board was established.

  • 2000

    2000

    Program name changed from Health Reach to Healthy Learners.

  • 2002

    2002

    Healthy Learners received a substantial three-year grant from The Duke Endowment to meet the current program needs as well as to expand the program to serve 17 more elementary schools.

  • 2005

    2005

    Healthy Learners expanded to Allendale, Dillon, and Greenwood in South Carolina with financial support from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, The Duke Endowment and other statewide funders including Self Regional Healthcare, Self Family Foundation and The Fullerton Foundation.

  • 2006

    2006

    Healthy Learners was selected to receive the Achievement Citation, the most prestigious award from the Catholic Health Association. Also, Healthy Learners received the NOVA award from the American Hospital Association and the Irma P. Ramos Excellence in Hispanic Community Services Award.

  • 2007

    2007

    Healthy Learners received the Early Childhood and Basic Health Care Initiative Award from Healthy South Carolina Challenge and Governor Mark Sanford, and the Unsung Hero Award from EdVenture Children’s Museum.

  • 2007

    2007

    Establishment of a formal Research and Program Evaluation component of the Healthy Learners program took place.

  • 2008

    2008

    Expansion of Healthy Learners Dillon program to include Dillon School Districts One and Three.

  • 2009

    2009

    Healthy Learners Georgetown program opened serving all schools in Georgetown County.

  • 2010

    2010

    Healthy Learners transitioned from an advisory board to an official governing Board of Trustees.

  • 2011

    2011

    Healthy Learners named Coach Ray Tanner, former University of South Carolina Head Baseball Coach, the first Champion for Healthy Learners award recipient.

     

    To see full list of award recipients, click here.

  • 2016

    2016

    Healthy Learners Greenwood expands to include School District 52 (Ninety-Six, SC).

  • 2017

    2017

    Expansion of Healthy Learners Greenwood program to include School District 51 (Ware Shoals).

  • 2017

    2017

    Celebrates 25 years of service to children with unmet health care needs (58,741 vision, dental and other health-related services provided to 12,644 students).

  • 2019

    2019

    Healthy Learners launches new strategic direction to establish sustainable service delivery systems, expand geographical reach, and better engage communities in order to serve more children across South Carolina.