Entries by Guest Blogger

Spartanburg’s Way to Wellville Community Health Worker Collaborative

Today’s blog is written by Samantha Campbell, Community Engagement Coordinator, Spartanburg’s Way to Wellville In the Summer of 2018, Spartanburg’s Way to Wellville launched a collaborative specifically targeting Community Health Workers in Spartanburg. A community health worker is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has a close understanding of […]

Adelante Together for the Community We Create

Today’s blog was written by Laura Barbas-Rhoden, Ph.D, founding facilitator of Alianza Hispana of Spartanburg and Araceli Hernández-Laroche, Ph.D, current facilitator We invite you to imagine two moments. The first is hard, because we’d like you to recall a moment when you felt out of place. And the second is pleasurable, because we ask you […]

Why Quality Matters

Today’s blog was written by Andrea Moore, Executive Director, Middle Tyger Community Center If you really want to make a big impact, there is no better investment than quality early childhood education.  Research shows that quality early childhood education can have profound lifelong effects. The Abecedarian Project, a 30-year study, found that disadvantaged children who […]

Hispanic Heritage Month

This week’s blog is written by Nora Curiel-Munoz, Spartanburg County PASOs Coordinator at Upstate Family Resource Center Each year, the US observes the Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions from people who came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. To mark […]

Reflections: Road to Better Health Annual Meeting

Today’s blog was written by Lori Boyd, Coordinator, Joe R. Utley Heart Resource Center, Spartanburg Regional Health System If you know about Spartanburg’s Road to Better Health, you know that one of the taskforce focus areas is Health Equity. This focus is highlighted by the Mary Black Foundation’s second strategic goal, to Engage. The goal is […]

Teen Triple P: A Resource for Parents

This week’s blog is written by Angela Talley Robinson with the Hope Center for Children October is Let’s Talk Month, a reminder that the best educator for a teen is their parents or caregivers.  Spartanburg has ongoing support for parents year round with Connect’s parent resource guide and Teen Triple P.  As we know, every […]

Summer Slide Reading Program

This weeks blog is written by Barbara Manoski, Executive Director for Spartanburg County First Steps For many child development centers, the word summer may mean extra time spent playing outside, splashing in baby pools, or planting a garden. Activities like those, are learning moments for young children, and when an engaged teacher and a developmentally […]

Growing Minds for a Growing Industry

Today’s blog was written by Rebecca Parrish, Director of Grants at the Spartanburg Community College Foundation With support from the Mary Black Foundation, Spartanburg Community College’s (SCC) Horticulture Department recently constructed its Center for Sustainable Agriculture, a barn-style building serving as the centerpiece of a new certificate program focused on sustainable agriculture, agribusiness, and food […]

RiZe Youth Summit

On August 2, 2018, Mary Black Foundation’s adolescent health initiative Connect, assisted local teens in hosting a youth-led summit, RiZe, to raise awareness of social issues impacting the lives of young people in Spartanburg County. This week’s blog is written by Amelia Hrebenar, RiZe Event Coordinator and Photographer, Class of 2020 In a time where simply […]

EMERGE: Helping to Bridge Spartanburg’s Mental Health Gap

Today’s blog is written by PJ McEnroe, LMFT Executive Director of EMERGE. Mental Health is getting some much needed attention in our society these days.  The impact of poor Mental Health is in front of us far too often. Whether due to celebrity suicides, friends and loved ones battling depression and anxiety, and not to […]