Story: Columbia, South Carolina

Like many communities, Columbia is facing serious health-related challenges, including rising costs, growing incidence of chronic disease, and unequal access to healthcare services—particularly in the low-income Eau Claire community, where one in three residents is uninsured. In 2010, local leaders from Eau Claire and across the city forged a coalition to improve health, increase access to care, decrease costs for citizens and providers, and achieve sustainable, long-term improvements. With hands-on coaching and support from ReThink Health, leaders of the coalition, called Healthy Columbia, dedicated months to outreach—identifying, recruiting, and preparing leaders to take collective action. 

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