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About Our Speakers

Dr. Angelica Perez-Litwin, PhD, MBA
Psychologist and Founder/CEO
Lumin Center
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Norma Jean Suarez, MBA, MA, LHMC
Executive Director
Unity Health on Main
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Shannon Owen, MHA, MPA
Public Health Sciences, Lecturer and Master of Public Administration, Adjunct
Clemson University
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Suzie J. Foley
Executive Director
Greenville Free Medical Clinic
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Vanessa Rodríguez
Community Action Coordinaor
Hispanic Alliance & LiveWell Greenville
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Wayne Fraleigh, PT, DPT, MBA, OCS, FACHE
Chief Operating Officer
Bon Secours Mercy Health-Greenville
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The Full Presentation of the
Opportunities to Improve healthcare.

An unveiling of research findings of healthcare needs in the Hispanic community

Greenville County is located in the upstate region of South Carolina, with the largest county-wide population in the state. The City of Greenville, the seat of the County, is known nationwide as a welcoming destination for people from all backgrounds. While Greenville County ranks as one of the healthiest counties in South Carolina, for Hispanic residents of Greenville County, racial disparities exist along racial/ethnic lines.

The Greenville Hispanic Health Study, a collaboration between Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Clemson University, Piedmont Health Foundation & the Hispanic Alliance, examined mental health, routine healthcare seeking behaviors, and perceptions of culturally competent care among residents who self-identified as Hispanic living in Greenville County. The partners sought to understand the broader experiences of Hispanics residents in Greenville County, as they are often under-represented in county-wide equity and health needs assessments.

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We encourage all inviduals to take an active role in community advocacy. Whether you are starting your advocacy journey or are a seasoned campaigner, a great next step is to contact your local lawmakers.

Speak To Ignite Positive Change in Your Community

We strive to be non-partisAn & non-polarizing

Hispanic Alliance seeks to elevate of the voice of the Hispanic community and to increase understanding of policy issues, challenges, and concerns. We strive to be non-partisan and non-polarizing while speaking out firmly. Our positions are formed upon research, seeking equity through multicultural collaboration, and a compassionate stance toward the needs and dreams common to humanity. We invite the community to join us as we learn about the needs of others, and work to make the American Dream accessible to everyone.

Learn. Grow. Share.
We are committed
to sharing
Our research

The Hispanic community in SC still lags behind in education, economic, & health outcomes. The inextricable relationship among poverty, race, education, wealth and health are evidenced by recent data at the local level. 

We invite you to know the current state of the Hispanic population in South Carolina. Discover the challenges, barriers, and opportunities for us to build a stronger South Carolina, where diversity is celebrated and all residents have equitable access to quality of life.

The Statistics

A Story of Deficits & Barriers to Prosperity

Median Income

The median income for Hispanic families is approximately $48,000 compared to $71,000 for White households.

Earning Power

The total household income for Hispanics in South Carolina is $1.6 Billion.

Equity in Education

Only 66% of the Hispanic population holds a high school diploma compared to 91% of the population in South Carolina.

Health Barriers

42% of Hispanic residents in Greenville report some form of interpretative service barrier to quality healthcare, with 49.7% noting that office visits were delayed due to waiting for interpretation services.

Potential for Future Impact

33% of the Hispanic population in South Carolina is below the age of 19

Post-Secondary Education

19.5% of Hispanic community members have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 42% of White community members

Language Access

63% of agencies in SC do not have a language access plan, while 59% of agencies solely provide resources in English.

Health Insurance

61% of Hispanics in Greenville lack any Health Insurance

Language Obstacles

87% of those whose children have no health insurance rated their English as “poor” or “average.”

Be a force for equity.

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