Charting a healthier course for South Carolina families.

Across the state, our diverse network of partners — from hospitals and rural clinics to university health centers and nursing schools — are working together with a singular goal: give South Carolina families the healthiest start.

Our approach to contraceptive access is comprehensive and layered.

We have a network of 150+ health centers across the state.

We train and equip providers and counselors to provide equitable education and care.

We promote these services to the public via PSA-style campaigns.

The average cost of providing birth control to a young woman is about $250. The average cost of a baby born on Medicaid is $13,000.

Isabell Sawhill

Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Work this important simply can’t be done alone. It takes a collective of committed partners all working for a healthier South Carolina.

HOSPITALS

Research shows that birth spacing improves health outcomes for mothers and babies. And postpartum care is one of the most effective times to counsel women who want to prevent pregnancies in the immediate future. Hospital Partners offer women a unique opportunity to gain information about contraceptive methods as well as choose and receive a method during their postpartum stay. Read more Read less

FQHCs

Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) work together to improve the health of communities by offering primary care, prevention, education and case management. These partners are working with Choose Well to expand the state’s contraceptive care workforce and offer contraceptive care services. Read more Read less

RURAL HEALTH CENTERS

The South Carolina Office of Rural Health is the link to more than 100 rural clinics, caring for Medicaid-insured and uninsured patients, many of whom receive care for free or at a reduced cost. These clinics are integrating contraceptive care into primary care and preventive services. Read more Read less

DHEC HEALTH CENTERS

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) brings a wealth of family planning leadership and expertise to Choose Well, having provided these services as part of its mission since the 1970s. DHEC serves tens of thousands of women and men each year through its 58 county health centers. Read more Read less

COMMUNITY-REACHING ORGANIZATIONS

Community-reaching organizations serve a pivotal role in advancing reproductive health and helping individuals make informed contraceptive choices, by provide contraceptive counseling, making referrals to clinics and, in some cases, providing contraceptives. These organizations play an essential part in word-of-mouth communications and in linking clients to contraceptive care available through Choose Well’s clinical partners. Read more Read less

TRAINING & EDUCATION PARTNERS

A diverse network of organizations working to further knowledge and best practices throughout the life of the Choose Well initiative. Colleges of Nursing are leading the state in expanding nurse instruction related to contraceptive care. The Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC) is expanding its regional and online programs to provide reproductive health and contraceptive care education. And a growing list of other prominent groups are collaborating to build capacity via continuing education throughout the state. Read more Read less

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICES

Student health services at multiple college and university campuses across South Carolina are partnering with Choose Well to extend contraceptive counseling and access for students actively enrolled in postsecondary education.

HOSPITAL OUTPATIENT CLINICS

Physician Residents fill a gap and provide outpatient services to many uninsured and underinsured men and women of reproductive age. On average, 30 residents receive training and support for contraceptive care counseling and service provision. As these physicians complete their training, they’ll carry this clinical expertise into their day-to-day practice. Read more Read less

SC CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT TEEN PREGNANCY

The SC Campaign is a leader in advancing evidence-based programs and research-based best practices to meet the needs of adolescents and young adults. As a Choose Well partner, the SC Campaign provides training and technical assistance to other partners that serve teens and young adults. The SC Campaign also works to build the capacities of college campus health centers to provide contraceptive care. Read more Read less