As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another .

                                                              -- Collaboration

"Collaborating to improve health outcomes resulting in longer, happier lives"

For help in Chesterfield, Dillon and Marlboro Counties

NRHN has a history of implementing successful programs

--both grant and partner supported--that have achieved

impressive health-related outcomes. Some of these

programs were rapidly implemented in the face of

identified community needs, for example, the medication

-assisted treatment program for addiction that was

initiated to address the opiate-abuse epidemic.

One of NRHN's most successful programs has been

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). MHFA is a training course

that teaches lay people how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. The training gives participants the skills needed to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem, or experiencing a crisis.

Members of NRHN participate in DHHS's Healthy Outcomes Program (HOP), and these HOPs have achieved some of the most impressive results in South Carolina The Dillon and Chesterfield HOPs have consistently exceeded goals for patients enrolled, care plans completed, and reductions in emergency department utilization.

More than 500 people participated in the Healthy Mind and Body Alliance Initiative, and they realized some impressive achievements in reducing obesity and controlling diabetes and blood pressure. Through the program's care coordination efforts, many individuals were linked to service providers or resources that provided them with clothing, housing, food, dental care, vision care, transportation, and other things that improve quality of life.

A large part of the success of NRHN's HOPs is due to community health workers. Strong partnerships among NRHN members have allowed new programs to be developed quickly in response to identified community needs. For example, the community health worker training program was developed by Northeastern Technical College in response to community health needs identified by CareSouth Carolina. Over the last two years, the school has trained 53 students and have achieved a state test passing rate of 80%.