Courage Center to add community workers

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Courage Center to add community workers

The Courage Center has been awarded a grant from the Center for Community Health Alignment that will allow the center to hire two community health workers to increase access to care for residents in the cities of Orangeburg, Eutawville and Vance.

These locations were selected because many residents are underinsured and at risk for chronic health conditions.

The center is a recovery community organization that serves those struggling with substance misuse and addiction. Its Orangeburg site is located at 950 Holly St.

“It seemed like a natural fit for us” said Dr. Pam Imm, a co-founder of The Courage Center and Orangeburg’s site leader, “addiction is a chronic health condition and, just like diabetes or high blood pressure, it will get worse if not treated. The progression of the disease of addiction always leads to one of three outcomes: jails, institutions, or death.”

Community health workers are representative of the communities they serve and act as connectors between under-resourced communities and health care. They should be able to identify, serve and provide access to care for those with a variety of health conditions. The plan is for the new workers to be from local communities and familiar with small, rural locations and the challenges they face.

Started in Lexington about eight years ago, the center works to reduce barriers to recovery with all services provided at no cost. It will use a mobile unit to have pop-up events in all locations, which will include traditional medical screenings (e.g., blood pressure checks), distribution of harm reduction products (e.g., Narcan), resources for referrals, and follow-up strategies.

More information can be found at or call Pam Imm at 803-369-3905.

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