Our Public Health Goal

Our citizens will be increasingly healthy, demonstrating decreasing incidence and prevalence of health risk factors and poor health outcomes.


RWJF Culture of Health Prize logoSpartanburg County is 1 of 8 national winners of the 2015 Culture of Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that celebrates the strides communities have made to ensure good health flourishes for all.


Spartanburg County received a cash prize of $25,000 in recognition of its commitment to building a Culture of Health.  The community voted to devote these funds to the work of the Behavioral Health Taskforce of the Road to Better Health through United Way of the Piedmont with a focus on addressing the needs of homeless military veterans.


Where We Are Now

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    In 2013, 16.9% of emergency department patients visited for non-emergency conditions, down from 17.64% in 2011.

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    In 2014, the percentage of overweight and obese children was down from 2011, but still saw 28% of 1st graders, 35.1% of 3rd graders and 37.7% of 5th graders overwieght or obese. Reports

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    In 2011, 10.84% of Spartanburg County hospital patients were readmitted within 30 days. It fell to 10.3% in 2013.

Where We're Headed



  • up arrow5% increase in uninsured residents with a medical home
  • 3% reduction in childhood obesity
  • Increase to 20% the penetration rate of services for citizens with behavioral health conditions
  • down arrow3% reduction in the youth who smoke & in underage tobacco sales
  • 5% reduction of those unable to see a doctor because of cost

  • down arrow5% reduction in hospital readmissions within 30 days of discharge
  • down arrow10% reduction in the brith rate for women ages 15-19
  • down arrow3% reduction in premature deliveries
  • down arrow5% reduction in premature deliveries
  • up arrowFacilitate change through one new smoke-free ordinance
  • - Formed AccessHealth Spartanburg
  • - Increased access to primary care medical homes for a 42% reduction in health care costs
  • - Created the Safety Net Council for public health services
  • - Established first Mobile Farmers Market in South Carolina
  • - Launched Good for You Spartanburg healthy living website
  • - Achieved 14% reduction in teenage pregnancy rates
  • - Reduced infant mortallity each year since 2009
  • - Created a trails master plan for Spartanburg County
  • - Established the 1st bicycle sharing program in the Southeast
  • - Trained 80 after-school program leaders to lead healthy initiatives
  • - Enacted 3 smoke-free ordinances - Chesnee, City of Spartanburg, Inman
  • - Completed a county-wide Behavioral Assessment

Making A Difference In Our Public Health

Meghan Smith is a breast milk donor. 

Hear her story and then learn more at scmilkbank.org.

Public Health Community Leaders


The Spartanburg Community Indicators Project partners with Indicator Area Leaders to improve outcomes in each of its seven Indicator Areas.  These organizations set improvement goals based on indicator data and lead individuals, businesses and community groups to coordinate efforts and information, thus facilitating steady progress in quality of life improvement.


The Road to Better Health (RTBH) coalition serves as the Indicator Area Leader for the Public Health Indicator Area. RTBH is a group of more than 40 professional and nonprofit groups working together to improve health outcomes in Spartanburg County. The groups coordinate their efforts through a council and have developed goals in five health priority areas to be reached by 2018.  Each priority area's work is guided by a Priority Group Taskforce.

Leading Indicators

Secondary Indicators

Crosscutting Indicators

Key variables that reflect the state of public health and that are useful predictors of health trends.  These indicators have been chosen by the Road to Better Health Coalition as the most pressing public health issues in Spartanburg County.

Access to Healthcare

All citizens of Spartanburg County will have affordable access to quality, compassionate and connected healthcare.

Indicators: Insurance Coverage Rates, Emergency Department Usage, Safety Net Providers, Medically Underserved Areas, Dental Health Care, Mental Health Care

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Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health will be seen as the other half of health, will secure community support of this basic need and will demonstrate benefit to individuals and institutions through expanded institutional and professional competency inputs.

Indicators: Incidence & Prevalence of Disorders, Mental Health Services Available & Used, Substance Use Disorders

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Birth Outcomes

Spartanburg County's children will be born healthy and mothers will receive prenatal care.

Indicators: Prenatal Care, Pre-Term Births, Birth Weight, Infant Mortality.

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Overweight and Obesity

Spartanburg County will have healthy eating and physical activity opportunities for children and adults to prevent and reduce overweight and obesity.

Indicators: Physical Activity, Diet, Childhood Obesity

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Tobacco Use

Spartanburg County will become a tobacco-free environment through the support of prevention education, cessation programs and policy promotion.

Indicators: Smoking Prevalence, Cigarette Tax Rates, Smoke-Free Ordinances & Policies

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Variables that have direct impact on or are tangentially reflective of the state of public health.

Teen Pregnancy and Child Bearing

Teenagers are less likely to carry a pregnancy to the critical 39 weeks of gestation and are therefore more likely to have poor birth outcomes than women in their 20s and 30s.

Indicators: Birth Rates, Sexual Activity Rates, Repeat Pregnancy Rates, Inpatient Fees

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Immunization rates are an indicator of whether the populatin is receiving adequate preventive health care.

Indicators: Childhood Vaccinations, Adolescent Vaccinations, Adult Vaccinations

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Teen Risk Behaviors and Attitudes

The major risks to health during the adolescent years are primarily behavioral.

Indicators: Risk Behaviors & Attitudes, Perception of Risk, Access to Substances

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Chronic Diseases

These include Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke.

Indicators: Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Lung Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Oral Cavity & Pharynx Cancer, Diabetes Prevalence, Diabetes Emergencies, Diabetes Mortality, Heart Disease & Stroke Mortality

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Breast Feeding

It is widely recognized that breastfed babies have lower risks for ear and gastrointestinal infections, diabetes, obesity and other chronic diseases as compared to babies who are not breastfed.  Breastfeeding also lowers the risk of breast and ovarian cancer in mothers and aids their recovery following pregnancy and childbirth and reduces the risk of postpartum anxiety.

Indicators: Prevalence

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Sexually Transmitted Infections

These include HIV/AIDS, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis.

Indicators: Prevalence of each listed infection

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Indicators in more than one Indicator Area that have tangential or predictive impact on Public Health.


Of the three socioeconomic status factors - financial, occupational and educational - education is the strongest and most consistent predictor of health.

Indicators: Educational Attainment, Mother Educational Attainment

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Because educational level is a strong predictor of income level, it follows that there is a strong correlation between income and health status.

Indicators: Residents in Poverty

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Air Quality & Toxic Exposure

Maintenance of the environment is critical to protecting public health.

Indicators: Ozone Levels, Water Pollution, Hazardous Waste Sites

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What Can I Do?


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