In Our Community
Bringing Healthcare to Citizens
With more than 100,000 residents, District 45 encompasses portions of six counties (Allendale, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper) in South Carolina’s Low Country. Many District residents live in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities. Compared to the rest of the state, District 45 has higher unemployment rates, lower levels of educational attainment, and more pervasive poverty. In fact, 56% of District residents live in a persistent poverty county (as identified by the US Census Bureau), compared to only 8% of all South Carolinians. Notably, 20% of District residents lack any form of health insurance. Socioeconomic disadvantage and a high rate of uninsured contribute to greater chronic disease burden in the region. Among low-income individuals, prevalence rates of asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and hypertension all are higher in District 45 compared to the state as a whole.
How will the mobile unit contribute to improving health outcomes in District 45 and throughout South Carolina?
Improving health outcomes requires access to quality health care. Currently, access to health care providers in District 45 is limited. The US Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) as a Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area identifies the entire District. Moreover, 76% of District residents live in an HRSA-designated Dental Health Professional Shortage Area.
The Mobile Unit will utilize a collaborative health care team-based approach to provide screenings, vaccinations, health checkups, and other primary care services; dental care (including oral screenings, cleanings, and fluoride treatments); and health education.
Mobile Unit services will help detect previously undiagnosed conditions, strengthen care coordination and continuity, improve disease management, and reduce costly ED visits and avoidable inpatient hospitalizations. In communities where accessibility to health care has a major impact on quality of life, mobile outreach will allow health care to be delivered where it is most needed.
Dr. Youlanda Gibbs possesses the passion, talent, resilience, vision, and determination to develop The Palmetto Palace Mobile Health Unit into a successful endeavor, delivering preventive care to under-served populations and communities that need it most.