Snapshot of Health Disparities in 29203

       Approximately 45,605 people

       83.8% African American

       14.1% White

       0.1% Other

       30% of residents are uninsured

       50% of residents have Medicaid/Medicare

       20% of residents have private insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield)

       30.3% living in poverty: One in three residents live in poverty, twice the poverty rate of SC

       One of the highest amputation rates due to diabetes in the US

       57.1% considered low income

       More that 60% of the population is overweight

       11% 65 + yrs

       Per capital income is almost ½ of Richland Co & 70% of SC

      2010 Inpatient & Emergency Room expenditure: $254 million Total, ER $54 million

      Equals an average of $7,358 per person

      Top Five Non-Emergency ER visits 2010

  §  Pediatric ENT

     ​§  Adult ENT

     §  Asthma

     §  Kidney

      §  Adult Dental

The Community Takes A Stand For Health
Throughout the United States communities have struggled with escalating medical costs, lack of health care access, and a rise in preventable illnesses. A community in Columbia, South Carolina has the highest rate of diabetes-related amputations in the country. In response to this urgent problem, Healthy Columbia is rising up together using a tool that has never been used in this context— community organizing.


Current Projects

Step Forward Columbia:

If you're interested in getting healthy and getting involved, click here for information about Step Forward Columbia, a walking program.  

Healthy Richland Initiative:

We are organzing small group meetings in the community to get members talking about health programs and issues in the community and what we can do to benefit Columbia's community health. Click here to get more information about getting involved and hosting your own small group meeting to spark change in Columbia.

Join us on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 6:00pm at the Richland County Library South East Branch for a small group meeting hosted by David Edmond. We will be getting your opinions and ideas on healthcare in Columbia. You don't want to miss this opportunity!

Another small group meeting will as be held on Thursday July 24, 2014 at 6pm at Ridgewood Baptist Church, 5326 Ridgeway St. Columbia, SC 29203

Healthy Columbia in Action

Healthy Columbia volunteers Mary Ann and Celeste set up at the Bi-Lo to ask community members to make a commitment to improve their health.

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Healthy Columbia
4100 North Main
Suite 203
Columbia, South Carolina 29203
Phone: 803.667.9630
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