On behalf of the South Carolina Rural Health Action Plan Steering Committee, Task Force, and Workgroup Chairs, we are thrilled to present the culmination of a nearly 18-month long journey : the South Carolina Rural Health Action Plan. The release of the full plan is an exciting milestone; however, the work is only just beginning. The way forward is to work collectively at the state and local levels to begin solving the challenges faced by our rural communities. While individually our health care providers, human service agencies, businesses, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations have done a tremendous job, we acknowledge that it will take all of us working together to ensure that our rural residents have access to all of the resources and services they need to live healthy, productive lives. The South Carolina Rural Health Action Plan aims to provide context for where this work may have the most impact, and where connections and overlap occur to make the collective load lighter.
By releasing the plan on National Rural Health Day, November 16th, 2017, our intention is to raise awareness of the interconnectedness among and between the issues rural communities face on a day to day basis, especially as they relate to health. Our hope is that on National Rural Health Day 2022, we will celebrate our collective accomplishments through the plan, and more importantly, healthier rural communities in South Carolina.