Entries by Kathy Dunleavy

Mary Black Foundation Health Equity Education Series

The trustees & staff of Mary Black Foundation have embarked on a health equity education series for 2017 around the five social determinants of health. Health equity is a social and physical environment that promotes good health for all of us.  The five social determinants are:  economic stability, education, social & community, health & health […]

Moving Forward – MBF’s 2017-2019 Strategic Plan

In February, the Trustees of the Mary Black Foundation introduced and approved the 2017-2019 Strategic Plan.  The plan for the previous 3 years was completed in December. It adopted a framework for a more proactive approach to collaboration and grant making.  This approach was reflected in the renewed mission, vision, core values, and three goals […]

The Importance of Transforming Neighborhoods

Carol Naughton, President of Purpose Built Communities, spoke to the Mary Black Foundation Board of Trustees at their Annual Dinner on January 19th of this year.  Purpose Built Communities, an organization that supports communities across the country that are focused on neighborhood revitalization.  Creating pathways out of poverty for the lowest-income residents, and building strong, […]

Have You Noticed the Wellville Sculptures?

  We hope you will go downtown and look for the fabulous sculptures that recognize the importance of exercise and highlight Spartanburg’s Way to Wellville challenge. As you can see, there is a runner, and hiker, and a tennis player. All are in our Wellville colors and remind us of the excitement around this community’s […]

Bridging for Health

Spartanburg’s participation in the Way to Wellville has sparked great interest both within our community and outside of our community.  The Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) took notice of our work a few months ago – GHPC is located in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta.  They recently […]

Another Win for Spartanburg County

Last week Mary Black Foundation announced it has received a grant of $5.3 million over five years to prevent teen pregnancy in Spartanburg County.   The grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health will allow the Foundation to work with ten collaborative partners to implement evidence-based programs.  This approach […]

Wellville Trip to Lake County, CA

Last year, Spartanburg was chosen as one of five communities across the country to take part in the Way to Wellville challenge. The goal is to move the needle toward improving the health and economic vitality of our city.  Other communities are Muskegon, Michigan, Lake County, California, Niagara Falls, New York and Clatsop County, Oregon.     […]