FLORENCE, S.C. – HopeHealth will hold a drive Wednesday to register patients and staff to vote and become health-center advocates.
The registration drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the organization's eight health centers located in Florence, Clarendon and Williamsburg counties.
In Florence, the drive will be held at these locations:
>> HopeHealth Medical Plaza: 360 N. Irby St.
>> HopeHealth on Palmetto Street: 600 E. Palmetto St.
In Florence County, the drive will be held at two locations:
>> HopeHealth in Lake City: 241 Kelley Street.
>> HopeHealth in Timmonsville: 210 E. Market St.
Advocacy Wednesday began four years ago as an effort to celebrate National Health Center Week and focus patient and community members' attention on the need to support HopeHealth by becoming health center advocates.
“Just as advocates are important to spread our message to elected officials, it is essential we have an opportunity to voice our opinion with our vote,” said Kimberly O. Johnson, HopeHealth director of legislative affairs. “There is power in numbers. Many local elections are decided by less than 100 votes. When we vote and get our family and friends to vote, we are better able to advocate for the necessary benefits in our community.”
HopeHealth kicked off the Aug. 5-10 National Health Center Week celebrations on Monday with a Zumba event in Kingstree.
The event at the Williamsburg County Recreation Center included a short presentation on the importance of community health centers from Liza Williams, a family nurse practitioner at HopeHealth in Kingstree, free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings and the annual community Zumba workout.
National Health Center Week is a national campaign to highlight the much-needed services being provided to 29 million Americans by health centers.
Health centers are established in geographic areas where unmet health care needs have been identified. They exist to provide health care, to minimize unnecessary emergency department visits and to catch the early onset of preventable chronic conditions.
Health care services are affordable and accessible to everyone including those who are uninsured or underinsured. With the ongoing battle against chronic diseases in South Carolina, HopeHealth focuses on providing preventive services and programs through an integrated care model that allows some of the most complicated health conditions to be prevented and treated within our network.
For an opportunity to learn more about the importance of health centers and how rooted in community HopeHealth is, visit any HopeHealth location during regular business hours on Advocacy Wednesday, or visit hcadvocacy.org.
HopeHealth is one of 23 nonprofit, federally qualified health centers in South Carolina. It provides quality and affordable health care services to individuals in Florence, Clarendon and Williamsburg counties and infectious diseases services in Aiken, Clarendon, Florence, Orangeburg and Williamsburg counties.
To become a patient, call 843-667-9414 or visit hope-health.org.