Provide Healthcare

Everyone deserves access to quality healthcare. We advocate for policies and practices that enable more people to live healthier lives.

We care for our community. 

A few years ago, United Way of the Midlands was serving hundreds of people over the course of one weekend, once a year at SC Mission. The demand in our community for access to healthcare was unbelievable. 

With the help of our partners, we recognized that the smarter way to address access to critical dental and vision care was to band together and provide services five days a week. We opened our WellPartners clinics, offering dental and vision care to those in need, in 2016. The result? Five times as many people are being served, and there has been a 50 percent reduction in emergency room visits for dental needs.

WellPartners

Dental and Vision Clinic

Last year, 5,089 underinsured, uninsured or low-income people received dental services through our WellPartners clinics. WellPartners offers dental and vision health services that provide preventive and restorative care to children and adults in the Midlands. WellPartners is owned and operated by United Way of the Midlands with support from Lexington County, Lexington Medical Center, Palmetto Health, Providence Health and Richland County.

Vision Care

The South Carolina Eye Care Initiative is a partnership between United Way of the Midlands, Palmetto AccessHealth, South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association and Robertson Optical Laboratories, Inc. The program was established to provide quality vision care to low-income, uninsured working adults 18 years old and older in South Carolina. Volunteer optometrists from the South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association perform complete eye exams and, if necessary, provide eyeglasses with single vision or bifocal lenses for only a $35 fee. Residents of Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, and Richland counties should call 803-296-2220 or just dial 211 for more information.

Prescriptions

The FamilyWize Prescription Drug Card is a national initiative that was established to help people save money on their prescription drugs. United Way of the Midlands is one of nearly 1,000 United Ways in all 50 states that coordinates the local distribution of FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards. The card is absolutely free, is available to everyone and reduces the costs of medications by an average of 43%. There are no age restriction, no income restrictions, no limits on how many times you can use the card and no waiting to get a card.

Our Impact

United Way of the Midlands supports programs that provide quality health care, eye care and dental care to uninsured adults and children in the Midlands and work to help seniors maintain independence.

  • 2,800 patients used services at local free medical clinics
  • 61% showed improvement in one or more health concerns (like diabetes or high blood pressure)
  • United Way’s WellPartners Dental Clinic provided over 5,110 patient visits to adults and children, a service value of $2.4 million
  • WellPartners Eye Clinic provided 1,426 patient visits and 1,196 pairs of eye glasses, a service value of $250,000
  • 2,201 seniors participated in programs in Fairfield, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties
  • Nearly 300,000 meals were provided to seniors
  • 65% of seniors in United Way-supported programs stayed in their homes and maintained Activities of Daily Living for at least six months

Our Research

South Carolina 2019 County Health Rankings

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps brings actionable data, evidence, guidance, and stories to communities to make it easier for people to be healthy in their neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces.

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Healthcare and Homelessness Report

A study released by the South Carolina Coalition for the Homeless (SCCH) and United Way of the Midlands reveals that people who are homeless in South Carolina consumed more than $1 billion in health care between 2010 and 2012.

The report reveals factors contributing to the high cost of homelessness, including the insurance coverage gap between Medicaid and the Health Insurance Marketplace; showing that about one-third ($342 million) of all charges were billed to individuals without insurance.

Download Health Care and Homelessness Report (PDF)

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Want to help?

Your support helps us provide needed health services for the most vulnerable members of our community, which in turn reduces visits to the ER and overall health expenses for everyone. Can you give a few dollars to help support these vital services?

Local Healthcare providers understand local needs.

We provide funding for local organizations and nonprofits that are providing health services in their areas. Last year, we gave almost $900,000 to these worthy organizations.

Total Funding $898,472

$29,000 to Free Medical Clinic of Newberry County, Inc.

Access to Health

The Free Medical Clinic of Newberry County, Inc. serves the needs of Newberry County residents without access to professional healthcare due to lack of income or adequate health insurance. Since its opening, the clinic has helped hundreds of Newberrians receive care from volunteer physicians and dentists on a wide range of medical conditions.

$48,000 to Newberry County Council on Aging

Home Delivered Meals

Local Councils on Aging provide services to elderly residents, like home-delivered meals.

$19,000 to Orangeburg County Council on Aging

Home Delivered Meals

Local Councils on Aging provide services to elderly residents, like home-delivered meals.

$21,000 to Orangeburg-Calhoun Free Medical Clinic

Access to Primary Care

This clinic treats the medically uninsured that live in Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties, providing health care services, free of charge, to eligible individuals with a total household income under 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. 

$55,000 to Senior Resources, Inc.

Senior Meals Program

Meals on Wheels recipients are the elderly and disabled adults in our community who cannot maintain an adequate, healthy diet, either because of transportation or financial constraints. Nearly three-fourths of our clients are at or below 200% of the national poverty level. Without meal delivery, many of our clients would be forced to choose between paying for food, or for medication and household expenses.

But Meals on Wheels delivers more than just a meal. The daily visit from a volunteer also provides a warm smile and a safety check that helps keep seniors healthy, safe and living independently in their own homes each year.

$185,000 to The Free Medical Clinic, Inc.

Access to Health

Since 1984, The Free Medical Clinic has provided high-quality health care and medications to the indigent and working poor in South Carolina. We provide these services at no cost to patients who have no health care coverage and household income at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Level. 

$19,897 to The Good Samaritan Clinic

GSC's Diabetes Education Program

The Good Samaritan Clinic is a free medical clinic that has been serving Richland and Lexington counties since 2001. Their target population is the Hispanic community, and the clinic sees approximately 400 patients per year. In addition to providing medical care, the clinic functions as a center of information, orientation, and reference to serve as a liaison between Hispanics and the different services, programs, and resources available in the community. 

$466,575 to WellPartners

Adult & Children Dental Care

Dental care is critical to overall health. Adults cannot work and children cannot go to school if they are in severe pain from dental problems. WellPartners provides free or low-cost services to help uninsured and underinsured people of the Midlands get needed dental care.

$55,000 to WellPartners

Adult Eye Care

Vision care is a desperately needed service among lower-income individuals. WellPartners provides eye exams and glasses for people who need these services.