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.  



You are cordially invited to attend the Forces of Change Town Hall meeting to share your thoughts on major factors that impact Richland County and YOUR Community. 

  • You can help Richland County leaders better understand: 
  • YOUR vision for a healthy Richland County
  • The health challenges in your community
  • Health priorities at the county and community levels
  • How to align resources to improve health in communities

Please join us! 
Wednesday, July 30th at 9:00-11:00 a.m.

St. John’s Episcopal Church
2827 Wheat Street
Columbia, SC 29205 (Park in the back and come to the gym area on the right.)

This meeting will allow you to give input on major factors that impact health in our county! 
Please attend and have your voice heard! RSVP to http://richland.county.meeting@gmail.com by July 25.

Want to have an even GREATER Impact? 
Bring your family, neighbors, congregation and friends! Email richland.county.meeting@gmail.com to let us know who is coming with you!
You don't want to miss this opportunity to improve the health of your community. Light refreshments will be served.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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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