COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA – Kimberly Isaac-House has joined Healthy Learners Midlands as the community manager, where she provides oversight and management of the Healthy Learners program in the Midlands region. Healthy Learners is a faith-based non-profit that works collaboratively with communities, schools, healthcare providers and families to remove health barriers to learning through screening, referral and access to medical services through five regional programs across South Carolina.
In addition to overseeing the Healthy Learners Midlands program as community manager, Isaac-House is working to increase community engagement through improved public relations and expand the program’s impact by cultivating relationships with various stakeholders. She also acts as a liaison between the school nurses and health care providers, and performs follow-up with school nurses and parents of children served.
Isaac-House most recently was program director for United Way’s Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC), which is a volunteer tutorial initiative to assist children in grades K-2. In this role, she worked closely with the administrators and teachers of participating MRC schools to ensure student needs were met. She was also a foster parent for many years and served as a human service assistant at the Family Shelter in Columbia, which provides emergency food and shelter to children and their parents who are experiencing homelessness.
She has volunteered for various non-profits in the Midlands area for nearly two decades. Isaac-House is one of the founding members of Girls Inc. of Greater Columbia and former board member of the organization. She has also served as the president of the Upward Bound Parent Association at the University of South Carolina, where she was responsible for raising scholarship funds for first generation college students. She is a former board member and the ex-officio president.
“Kimberly has spent the last 29 years working with children and families in the Midlands. She has worked with abused and neglected children as a social worker and foster parent, and has extensive experience working with teachers and students at schools across the Midlands,” said Amy Splittgerber, executive director of Healthy Learners. “Kimberly is uniquely qualified to oversee and grow our Midlands program with her understanding of children’s health issues and the experience and relationships needed to successfully expand Healthy Learners to more school districts in the Midlands region.”
Isaac-House received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Columbia College and an associate’s degree in human services from Midlands Technical College.
About Healthy Learners
Healthy Learners was founded in 1992 based on the belief that children learn better when they are healthy. A ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, Healthy Learners is devoted to removing children’s health barriers to learning with love and compassion. In order for our communities to thrive, it is essential that children are healthy and well-educated, graduate from high school on time, and perform at their full potential. The prevalence of health barriers to learning is higher in children of color or in poverty, and these same children bear more burden of disease—in part due to their poor access to healthcare services. This is where Healthy Learners steps in to provide access to these critical healthcare services so that all children can be at their best in the classroom. Healthy Learners has five regional programs that serve 150 schools across twelve (12) South Carolina school districts. For more information, see healthylearners.com.