Entries by Keisha Gray

Targeted Investments Are Made Up Stream: Part 2

Early childhood development is one of the two key focus areas of the Mary Black Foundation. But in an organization concerned with community health, why does early childhood matter so much? In a previous blog we explained the importance of going upstream to make the biggest impact and how that work is guided by an early […]

The Spartanburg Basics: Give Me Five

The Mary Black Foundation’s mission is “to invest in people and communities for improved health, wellness, and success in Spartanburg County.”  The Foundation fulfills this mission through targeted, data-driven investments in programs, policies, and place-based work that supports Healthy Eating/Active Living, Early Childhood Development, and Adolescent Health. The Spartanburg Basics is one such program that […]

Targeted Investments Are Made Up Stream: Part 1

Early childhood development is one of the two key focus areas of the Mary Black Foundation. But in an organization concerned with community health, why does early childhood matter so much? According to Keisha Gray, Mary Black Foundation’s program director for early childhood development, the time period when a child is prenatal to age 5 […]

Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness  Month.  Spartanburg’s Partners in Prevention have collaborated to provide a variety of opportunities for increased community awareness and information sharing.  Below is more information on the opportunities to engage on these issues, to include a kick-off event on April 9th. For information or to register for […]

Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Teens toward Positive Outcomes

July 31, 2017 marked the end of a three year federal grant through the Office of Adolescent Health’s Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF).  Funding received in 2014 allowed for the expansion of the highly successful Adolescent Family Life Program (AFL) across all seven Spartanburg County School Districts.  Started nearly 20 years ago in Spartanburg School District […]

The Power of Positive Parenting

The Mary Black Foundation has launched the Healthy Families Initiative (HFI) in partnership with the Children’s Trust of South Carolina and the Hope Center for Children.  To date, 35 practitioners, representing nine (9) organizations, have been trained to deliver Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) services to families across the County.  Triple P offers practical strategies […]

“Everyday life is a learning experience for children.”

“Everyday life is a learning experience for children.” -United Way Born Learning On Wednesday, December 14th, Spartanburg’s first Born Learning Resource Center was opened in the Prince Hall Community.  Located on the property of the Prince Hall apartment complex, the Center is designed to promote parent-child engagement for children ages 0 – 3 years.  With […]

Suspensions Don’t Work, So What Does?

“Suspension Don’t Work, So What Does?” , is the title of a recent article published by America’s Promise Alliance.  This article reports  on the detrimental effects of out of school suspensions.  Students receiving out of school suspension as a measure of behavior modification are often put at higher risk of dropping out, with students of […]

Building a Breastfeeding Friendly Community

Breastfeeding is a key indicator for positive birth outcomes, as identified by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  In a policy statement developed by AAP, benefits of breastfeeding can be achieved for baby, mother, the family and the larger community.  Whether due to the lowered risk of obesity during childhood or the decreased possibility of […]