Voorhees College is a private, historically black, liberal arts college affiliated with the Episcopal Church. The college, located in rural South Carolina, serves traditional and nontraditional students, primarily from the state of South Carolina and the southeastern region of the United States. The aim of the college is to offer each student an intensive general-education experience coupled with professional education in the value-centered liberal arts tradition. The college seeks to produce highly qualified graduates who combine intellect and faith in their preparation for strong professional performance, pursuit of life-long learning, betterment of society and an abiding faith in God. Beginning in 2003, the Center for Excellence in Rural and Minority Health at Voorhees College partnered with Clemson University on the EXPORT Center.
The mission of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) is to promote minority health and to lead, coordinate, support and assess the NIH effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities. NCMHD conducts and supports basic, clinical, social and behavioral research; promotes research infrastructure and training; fosters emerging programs; disseminates information; and reaches out to minority and other health-disparity communities. In 2003, NCMHD awarded the EXPORT grant to Clemson University and Voorhees College to create the Clemson-Voorhees EXPORT Center.
Family Health Centers Inc. (FHC) is a federally funded community health center serving the medically underserved residents of Orangeburg, Bamberg, Calhoun and upper Dorchester counties in rural South Carolina. Orangeburg and Bamberg counties are designated as partial Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA), and all of Calhoun County is designated as an HPSA. The entire service region is designated as a Medically Underserved Area (MUA). Calhoun County and eastern Orangeburg County are also designated as dental HPSAs. FHC maintains an ongoing relationship with the EXPORT Center, collaborating on a variety of projects to provide health services and conduct research.
The mission of the Office of Minority Health (OMH) is to provide leadership and serve as a focal point for addressing health disparities and other minority health issues in South Carolina. OMH has collaborated with the EXPORT Center by helping with events such as the annual bioethics conferences and many others. OMH continues to work with the EXPORT Center to build sustainability and infrastructure in SC to eliminate health disparities and attain our shared goals.
EXPORT Center is a program
of the Center for
Research on Health Disparities and is housed jointly in the Clemson University College
of Health, Education, and Human Development and the Voorhees
College Center of Excellence in Rural and Minority Health.