BAMBERG – Bamberg County Health Coalition hosted 20 individuals from 16 organizations for a full day workshop that provided information about health, nutrition and cooking in October. The meeting was held at the Clemson Extension Services building in Bamberg. BCHC is supported by Southeastern Community and Development and is a collaborative group consisting of multiple stakeholders in Bamberg County.

The goal of the meeting was to provide tools and resources for BCHC members to use in their work with Bamberg County residents. The meeting was organized by Sharon Crossley, MPH, of South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. LaShandra Morgan, MPH, also from DHEC, facilitated the meeting. Crossley circulated a draft of the first Bamberg County Community Resource guide currently under development under the guidance of the BCHC.

Presentations and hands-on demonstrations were provided by members from the SC Office of Rural Health, SC Hospital Association, Clemson Extension, SC DHEC Cooking Matters, Orangeburg County Free Medical Center, Bamberg County School Districts One and Two, and Golden Harvest Food Bank. Participants received information and materials to use in their work with the communities. Southeastern Community and Development provided a catered lunch for all attendees.

“This was an excellent opportunity for people working in Bamberg County to network with one another and to learn about the resources available in the community to improve health and wellness outcomes,” said Sharon Crossley, organizer of the meeting. “One goal of the BCHC is to build strong relationships and improve collaboration between the agencies working in Bamberg County. Today’s meeting helped meet that goal.”

Bamberg County Health Coalition will host another meeting in Bamberg County on Nov. 17.

For more information about the Coalition, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HealthyBamberg.

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