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SC Campaign Receives Grant Funding from BCBSSC Foundation to Increase Awareness and Ensure Access

Friday, February 27, 2015

Columbia, SC -  The South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (SC Campaign) has been awarded a three-year grant from the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation (BlueCross) to increase awareness of teen pregnancy in South Carolina and ensure access to the most effective forms of contraception for sexually active young people. As part of the $17.4 million awarded to nonprofits and other institutions this year by BlueCross, the SC Campaign will receive $190,000 per year for the duration of the grant cycle.  

“We are thankful to BlueCross for their long-term commitment to improving health outcomes for all South Carolinians, particularly the economically disadvantaged,” said Forrest Alton, SC Campaign CEO. “This project will further the mission of the SC Campaign and institute greater awareness of much needed teen pregnancy prevention and reproductive health strategies throughout the state. This is a great opportunity for our organization to strategically and intentionally work with those communities and individuals at greatest need.”

Communication and outreach efforts will seek to raise awareness amongst youth-serving and health care professionals, state and community level decision makers, key stakeholders, and young people and their parents. Particular attention will be given to the prevalence of teen births among 18-19 year olds who currently represent nearly 75% of South Carolina’s teen birth rate. It’s of critical importance that the public understands why teen births, especially amongst this age group, are negatively impacting other social issues like educational achievement, children living in poverty, and family stability.

Through this project, the SC Campaign will also increase awareness of and access to long acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) in eight targeted counties – Darlington, Horry, Oconee, Richland, Spartanburg, Aiken, Chester, and Sumter.  Multiple strategies will be employed all culminating with the initiation of an Adolescent Reproductive Health Clinical Leadership Institute – a year-long learning collaborative that will provide information, resources, and skill development in change management practices that will create or expand opportunities to provide adolescents with quality reproductive health services.

About the South Carolina Campaign:
The mission of the SC Campaign is to improve the health and economic well-being of individuals, communities and the state of South Carolina by preventing teen pregnancy. To achieve its mission, the SC Campaign works with a variety of programs public, private, school and community based  in each of the state’s 46 counties.