Grant Program: Community Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities
Organization Name: CareSouth Carolina, Inc.
Organization Address: PO Box 1090, Hartsville, South Carolina 29551
Phone Number: (843) 857-0111
Fax Number: (843) 857-0130
Title of Project: StrokeMobile: Mobile Prevention Program for Stroke in South Carolina
Project Director: Todd Shifflet
Description of Organization:
CareSouth Carolina (CSC) is a JCAHO-accredited, federally-qualified community health center providing primary care to the medically underserved in five rural counties in South Carolina. CSC has, over the past 28 years, focused many of its resources on providing access and improving health care outcomes for minorities. CSC serves more than 35,000 patients, 60 percent of whom are minorities and 45 percent of whom are uninsured, in 10 primary care centers. In 1999, CSC adopted the Care Model and redesigned its delivery of primary health care services in a real world environment. CSC reorganized the system of care into microsystem teams, added care management and a patient and population registry, implemented system-wide measures that include those related to disparity for every office and the whole corporation and standardized processes to ensure quality care. As a result, CSC has achieved exemplary quality outcomes for the underserved, especially minorities. In addition, CSC has designed and implemented an effective community outreach and development program. CSC, in most cases, serves as the driving force behind community engagement efforts that have resulted in increased access to health and human services and partnerships that have improved the level of culturally competent care in this rural region of SC. mission: Provide services that enhance health and well being for everyone. Vision: Lead the transformation of health care.
Description of project:
The overall goal of the StrokeMobile Project is to demonstrate ways to reduce disparities in the prevalence of stroke and heart disease in African Americans in two rural, isolated counties in South Carolina. Individuals, predominately African American, living in this region of SC exhibit a disproportionate prevalence of social, economic, education and health risk factors. Two vehicles, one for each county, are used by health outreach teams to travel to community-based settings and to individual homes. Each outreach team consists of one community care manager with a nursing background and a community outreach coach recruited from the target community. In locations such as churches, barber shops and community centers, the StrokeMobile team provides preventive screenings and health education services. In a select number of these locations, the teams provide a more comprehensive, evidenced-based curriculum designed to engage community members in positive individual and group lifestyle change. Secondly, the outreach teams identify and provide individual prevention and care management support services to individuals who have experienced a first-time stroke in order to prevent the likelihood of a second stroke. Partners include the Marlboro County Community Development Corporation, the Butler Heritage Foundation, the USC School of Medicine, the American Heart/Stroke Association, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and local hospitals. The project is unique in that it provides evidenced-based methods of prevention services that empower individuals and groups to take control of their health via a method that brings those services directly to the community – the StrokeMobile.