Wellville Talk

Spartanburg’s Way to Wellville initiative is a 10 year journey to find innovative and creative ways to move the needle around 1) kindergarten readiness 2) obesity prevention 3) access to care and 4) community pride.  We are in Year 3 and there are many exciting projects underway!

In keeping with our efforts to inform our community about the importance of health from all angles, we have created “Wellville Talk”.  This will be an ongoing series of films, panel discussions, speakers, etc. around the key pieces of information we all need to know.

To begin with, we are showing a film series called “Unnatural Causes” which explains how social conditions affect population health and how some communities are extending their lives by improving them.  The first film “In Sickness and in Wealth” was shown August 29 at the downtown library.  We are showing these films from 12:00-1:30 and encouraging viewers to bring their lunch.  Along with the film, we are asking “subject matter experts” to participate in robust discussion afterwards with our viewers.

Our next film called “When the Bough Breaks” is on Tuesday, October 17th from 12:00-1:30 at the downtown library (Barrett Room).

The number of infants who die before their first birthday is much higher in the U.S. than in other countries. And for African Americans the rate is nearly twice as high as for white Americans. Even well-educated Black women have birth outcomes worse than white women who haven’t finished high school. Why?

We meet Kim Anderson, a successful Atlanta lawyer, executive and mother. When Kim was pregnant with her first child in 1990, she, like so many others, did her best to ensure a healthy baby: she ate right, exercised, abstained from alcohol and smoking and received good prenatal care. Yet two and a half months before her due date, she went into labor unexpectedly. Her newborn weighed less than three pounds. Kim and her husband were devastated. How could this have happened?

Please join us on October 17th.