RuralForward SC

Nearly 1.4 million South Carolina residents call a rural community their home. RuralForward SC celebrates the unique character of rural communities and fosters cross-sector collaborations to meet their needs.

About

In 2017, the South Carolina Office of Rural Health led the development of the SC Rural Health Action Plan, a broad roadmap for improving the health status of our rural communities.  This effort included input from community leaders across multiple sectors and resulted in 15 recommendations and 50+ action steps to guide collaborations between the health, housing, educational and employment sectors. In 2019, SCORH launched RuralForwardSC to put the Rural Health Action Plan into motion. RuralForward SC seeks to address disparities between rural and urban outcomes, and put into place strategies that will build rural prosperity.

Did you know?

Nearly 1.4 million South Carolina residents call a rural community their home. RuralForward SC celebrates the unique character of rural communities and fosters cross-sector collaborations to meet their needs.

Services Provided

The work being done by RuralForward SC adheres to these key principles:

  • Our work celebrates and replicates successful endeavors in rural communities in South Carolina and across the nation
  • Our work eliminates redundancies and breaks down silos between sectors
  • Our work provides financial and logistical support to innovative, cross-sector ideas
  • Our work seeks to coordinate existing federal, state and philanthropic assets

Program contact

Paola Gutiérrez joined the South Carolina Office of Rural Health in 2018 as the lead strategist for the Rural Health Action Plan (RHAP). Contact Paola

SC’s Rural Health Action Plan

Meet the SCORH Team