Low Country Healthy Start is a community-based program designed to eliminate disparities in infant deaths and improve the health of African-American women and infants.  To do this, LCHS actively works with three groups African-American women and their families, health providers and community, faith and civic leaders.

Started in 1997
In 1997, the South Carolina Office of Rural Health (SCORH) received a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, Division of Healthy Start to develop a Healthy Start Initiative in the Low Country Region of South Carolina to  reduce infant mortality in four rural, underserved counties-Allendale, Bamberg, Hampton and Orangeburg.

Our Goals
Major goals of Low Country Healthy Start are:

  • To reduce infant mortality by eliminating barriers that might inhibit the client’s ability to effectively access and remain in health care services. (Infant mortality is the number of babies of who die before their first birthday).

  • To improve pregnancy and child health outcomes by enhancing access to and use of health care services for the service area’s most at-risk population.

  • To create a permanent capacity among community leaders and organizations to wage an aggressive, long term community education and mobilization effort targeted at reducing infant mortality.

Nurse-Family Partnership is a program for women who are having their first baby.  If you enroll, a registered nurse will visit you in your home, throughout pregnancy and continue to visit until the baby is 2 years old.  The program is free to all eligible women in Barnwell and Orangeburg counties.

The nurse helps the mother:

  • Have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby

  • Become a better parent

  • Build a strong network of support

  • Make her home a safe place for baby to live and play

  • Get referrals for healthcare, childcare, job training and other support services available in the community

  • Find ways to continue education and develop job skills

  • Set goals for the family’s future and find ways to help reach them

Who can enroll in the program?

  • Any woman who is pregnant with their first child

  • Meets income requirements

  • Lives in the service area

FSLC program helps to holistically increase the quality of life of program participants and addresses life course challenges experience by families.  We invite everyone to join us in these efforts.