Growing Rural
More than Just Healthcare

More than Just Healthcare

June 17, 2021

This week we sat down with Katie Gaul, director for the SC Office for Healthcare Workforce (OHW). We discuss the diversity of people and jobs, the importance of early skill recognition and how to foster trust between communities and the healthcare industry.

For more information about Mme. Gaul, the OHW, and other topics discussed in this episode, please see the links below:

More About Katie Gaul

More About the SC Office for Healthcare Workforce

PDF documents about the SC Rural Incentive Grants can be found here and here

More about Black Men in White Coats

The Arc of Justice

The Arc of Justice

June 10, 2021

We had the pleasure to sit with Dr. Elizabeth Crouch, Deputy Director of the Rural and Minority Health Research Center and an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, to discuss rural-urban differences, positive childhood experiences (PCEs) and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). 


More about Dr. Crouch from the Arnold School and the Rural Health Research Gateway

More about the Rural Health and Minority Research Center

More about the Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare

• (Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program) 
• (Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program 
• (Rural–urban differences in exposure to adverse childhood experiences among South Carolina adults) 
• (Season 2, Episode 2 -Union County Libraries: More than Just Literacy) 
• (Positive Childhood Experiences Before and During COVID-19)

The Rural-Urban Connection

The Rural-Urban Connection

May 20, 2021

We had the pleasure to sit down with English professor and Southern food historian David Shields to discuss the heritage of food and how it unites us.

Find out more about Dr. Shields and Dr. Carter.

People Taking Care of People

People Taking Care of People

May 6, 2021

We spoke with former CEO of SC Community Loan Fund Anna Lewin to discuss entrepreneurial spirit, investing in people and communities, and the importance of paying it forward.



Anna Lewin on LinkedIn

SC Community Loan Fund Website

SC Community Loan Fund Facebook

SC Community Loan Fund Twitter

A Perfect Opportunity

A Perfect Opportunity

April 22, 2021

We had the pleasure to sit down with Kathy Schwarting, CEO of Palmetto Care Connections (PCC), to discuss the key role telehealth plays in rural communities. PCC improves access to quality healthcare for South Carolinians by assisting medical providers and communities through services and education.

You can find out more about Kathy Schwarting here. More information about Palmetto Care Connections can be found on their website and Facebook page.

Take a Day to Walk in Their Shoes

Take a Day to Walk in Their Shoes

April 8, 2021

We were fortunate to speak with Marc Himes of the SC Center for Fathers and Families and Derrick Dease of the Man 2 Man Fatherhood Initiative about the importance of fatherhood and resources for fathers.


SC Center for Fathers and Families:

    Marc Himes on LinkedIn

    SC Fathers and Families

    Father 365



    Phone: 1-844-4SC-DADS (1-844-472-3237)


Man 2 Man:

    Derrick Dease on LinkedIn

    Man 2 Man



    Phone: 843-479-4177

As Certain as Flowers in the Spring

As Certain as Flowers in the Spring

March 25, 2021

We had the pleasure to speak with Jamison Kerr, Director of ArtFields SC, about rural togetherness through art and shared experience.

ArtFields 2021 will occur April 23 – May 1 in Lake City, SC.


About ArtFields:

About Lake City:

Powerful Vehicles for Change

Powerful Vehicles for Change

March 11, 2021

We had the privilege to sit down with Angel Bourdon of Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas and Kathryn Johnson of Livewell Kershaw to discuss community coalitions and how to reach rural communities.


About Our Guests:

    Angel Bourdon (LinkedIn):

    Kathryn Johnson (LinkedIn):

About Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas:

    SC Office of Rural Health:

    SC Hospital Association:

    NC Healthcare Association:


About Livewell Kershaw:

    Facebook Page:

    SC Office of Rural Health:


About the Duke Endowment:
    Main Site:


About the Rural Libraries and Health Innovations Program:

    Main Site:

One Rural Hospital

One Rural Hospital

February 25, 2021

We had the pleasure to sit down with Lari Gooding, CEO of Allendale County Hospital, a critical access hospital in here in South Carolina.

More About Lari Gooding:

More about Allendale County Hospital:

More about UofSC Salkehatchie:

Rural Resilience

Rural Resilience

February 11, 2021

In this episode, we sit down with Julie Smithwick of the Center for Community Health Alignment and Romaine Stevens, a Community Health Worker with the SC Office of Rural Health. We discuss the importance of building trust and the impact of Community Health Workers in rural communities.


Arnold School of Public Health:

SC Office of Rural Health Family Solutions:

Community Health Alignment:

PASOS Organization:


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