Tri-County Health Forum seeks to improve residents’ health

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — On Wednesday, June 29, three institutions will launch a groundbreaking series of meetings to better understand the community’s health needs and work together to support one another’s programs aimed at improving tri-county residents’ health.

Roper St. Francis (RSF), MUSC Health and Trident United Way (TUW) will host the Tri-County Health Forum at The College Center at the Complex for Economic Development at Trident Technical College from 9:00 noon.

The featured speaker is Dr. Richard Foster, executive director of Catalyst for Health, which is part of the South Carolina Hospital Association and Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina Management Team.

He will present an overview of the current state of the health landscape in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.

Mark Dickson, vice president of mission at Roper St. Francis, will highlight the 2016 tri-county Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) that is open to any resident.

The CHNA is an ongoing, comprehensive data collection process that includes a health needs assessment survey, focus groups and one-on-one interviews with individuals from diverse professional, geographic, ethnic and economic backgrounds.

“Our mission at Roper St. Francis is ‘healing all people with compassion, faith and excellence,” Dickson said. “In living out our mission, we focus on the needs of the most poor and vulnerable and we provide services that meet their needs. This is what the Community Health Needs Assessment is all about and we are deeply appreciative of the Trident United Way for creating the health forum series.”

More than 100 community leaders representing non-profits, companies and health-related organizations are expected to attend.

  • Tri-County Health Forum
  • Wednesday, June 29, 9 a.m. – noon
  • The College Center at the Complex for Economic Development at Trident Technical College
    7000 Rivers Avenue, Building 920, North Charleston, SC 29406


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