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Season 2, Episode 10

Season 2, Episode 10: Take a Day to Walk in Their Shoes

Description: We were fortunate to speak with Marc Himes of the SC Center for Fathers and Families and Derrick Dease of the Man 2 Man Fatherhood Initiative about the importance of fatherhood and resources for fathers.

GUESTS: Marc Himes, Derrick Dease
ORGANIZATIONS: SC Center for Fathers and Families, Man 2 Man Fatherhood Initiative
RELEASE DATE: 8 April 2021

Marc Himes:
Phone: 1-844-4SC-DADS (1-844-472-3237)

Phone: 843-479-4177

Season 2, Episode 9

Season 2, Episode 9: As Certain as Flowers in the Spring

Description: We had the pleasure to speak with Jamison Kerr, Director of ArtFields SC about rural togetherness through art and shared experience.

GUESTS: Jamison Kerr
DATE: 25 March 2021

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ArtFields 2021 will occur April 23 – May 1 in Lake City, SC.

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Season 2, Episode 8

Season 2, Episode 8: Powerful Vehicles for Change
Description: We had the privilege to sit down with Angel Bourdon of Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas and Kathryn Johnson of Livewell Kershaw to discuss community coalitions and how to reach rural communities.

GUESTS: Angel Bourdon; Kathryn Johnson
ORGANIZATIONS: Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas; Livewell Kershaw
DATE: 11 March 2021

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About Our Guests:
Angel Bourdon (LinkedIn):
Kathryn Johnson (LinkedIn):

About Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas:
SC Office of Rural Health:
SC Hospital Association:
NC Healthcare Association:

About Livewell Kershaw:
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SC Office of Rural Health:

About the Duke Endowment:
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About the Rural Libraries and Health Innovations Program:
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Season 2, Episode7

Season 2, Episode 7: Lari Gooding: One Rural Hospital, 24 February 2021

Description: We had the pleasure to sit down with Lari Gooding, CEO of Allendale County Hospital, a critical access hospital in South Carolina.


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Season 2, Episode 6

Season 2, Episode 6: Rural Resilience

Description: In this episode, we sit down with Julie Smithwick of the Center for Community Health Alignment and Romaine Stevens, a Community Health Worker with the SC Office of Rural Health. We discuss the importance of building trust and the impact of Community Health Workers in rural communities.

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A new #GrowingRuralPodcast is out! We sit down with
Julie Smithwick and Romaine Stevens to discuss the importance of building trust and #CHW impact in rural communities.
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Season 2, Episode 5

Season 2, Episode 5: A Rural Renaissance

Description: In today's episode, we had the pleasure to sit down with Mandy Powers Norrell, licensed attorney and former House Representative from Lancaster, SC.

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Topics Discussed:
I-77 Alliance-
Erin's Law-
SC Child Marriage Bill-
SC now prohibits teens under 16 from marrying-
Ahmaud Arbery-
SC Citizen's Arrest Law-
SC Lawmakers working to abolish "Citizen's Arrest" law-

Season 2, Episode 4

Season 2, Episode 4: Homecoming

Description:  In today's episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with director, Betsy Newman, and co-producer, Xavier Blake, about the new Gullah Roots documentary film.  Gullah Roots follows leaders of the South Carolina and Georgia Gullah Geechee community homecoming experience in Sierra Leone.

Gullah Roots is available via SCETV Passport.  Also, check your local listings.

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Season 2, Episode 2

Season 2, Episode 2: Union County Libraries: More than Just Literacy

Show Notes:
Thank you to Taylor Atkinson and Rieta Drinkwine for speaking with us!

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Season 2, Episode 1

Season 2, Episode 1: COVID-19 Update: What Have We Learned So Far?
Description: Today's episode is a roundtable discussion among the SC CRPH team on learnings and lingering questions about rural healthcare post the initial shock of COVID-19. 
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Seaon 2 Trailer

Season 2, Teaser Episode

Description: The Growing Rural podcast is back for season 2!

Episode 15

Season 1, Episode 15: Environmental Stewardship and Preservation

Description: This week we discuss environmental restoration, preservation, and stewardship with Johnny Stowe, Heritage Preserve Manager, at the SC Department of Natural Resources.

Show Notes:

SC Department of Natural Resources

Johnny Stowe Yoga Alliance Profile

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

Plain Pictures of Plain Doctoring

US of Wisconsin Digital Collections

Wildland Fire: What is a Prescribed Fire?

Episode 14

Season 1, Episode 14: Tradition of Whole Hog BBQ with Pitmaster Rodney Scott

Description:  In this episode of the Growing Rural podcast, we sit down at Rodney Scott's BBQ in Charleston, SC and talk to James Beard award-winning Pitmaster, Rodney Scott.  Listen as we discuss his rural roots and the tradition of BBQ.

Enjoy some delicious barbeque at Rodney Scott's BBQ at the Charleston or Birmingham location

Episode 13

Season 1, Episode 13: ALL4SC - The Accelerator for Learning and Leadership for South Carolina

Description: In today's episode, we speak with Barnett Berry, PhD, founding director of the Accelerator for Learning and Leadership for South Carolina (ALL4SC) in the University of South Carolina College of Education

Visit ALL4SC to learn how they are working to transform South Carolina’s schools and communities.

Episode 12

Season 1, Episode 12: SC Rural and Minority Health Research

Description: The Rural and Minority Health Research Center's mission is to illuminate and address the problems experienced by rural and minority populations in order to guide research, policy, and related advocacy.  In this episode, we speak with, Jan Eberth, PhD, Deputy Director of the research center to discuss its impactful work in rural communities, current projects, and other topics.

Show Notes:

Rural and Minority Health Research Center

Current Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Projects at the RMHRC

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Rural Health Research Gateway

National Cancer Institute

SC Best Chance Network

Screening for Lung Cancer- US Preventive Services Task Force

A statewide program providing colorectal cancer to the uninsured of South Carolina

Episode 11

Season 1, Episode 11: COVID-19 in Rural South Carolina

Description: A special episode discussing the real and potential impact of COVID-19 in rural SC with Michele Stanek, MS, and Megan Weis, DrPH, associate director and director of community engagement at the SC Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare.

Show Notes:

SC CRPH Resource Listing

SCORH Resource Listing

SCHA Resource Listing

SC AHEC Resource Listing

Rural Health Daily Digest

‘It Really Is the Perfect Storm’: Coronavirus Comes for Rural America’ by Eric Scigliano

'COVID-19 may hit rural residents hard, and that spells trouble because of lack of rural health care' by Kevin Bennett

Rural Policy Research Institue (RUPRI) Counties with COVID-19 Cases animated map

RUPRI Data Briefs

Episode 9

Season 1, Episode 9: Influences on the Educational Workforce in rural South Carolina

Description: Today we are examining the rural education workforce from a talent-centered perspective with Henry Tran, PhD, Director of the Talented Centered Education Leadership Initiative.

Show Notes:

The Talent Centered Education Leadership Initiative (TCELI) 

Center for Innovation in Higher Education

Best Practices in Creating Employee Engagement 

Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention & Advancement (CERRA)

SC Annual Educator Supply and Demand Reports

National Rural Education Association 

Journal of Education Human Resources

More Article information from Henry Tran, PHD

Tran, H., & Dou, J. (2019). An Exploratory Examination of What Types of Administrative Support Matter for Rural Teacher Talent Management: The Rural Educator PerspectiveEducational Leadership Review, 20(1), 133-149. 

Tran, H. & Smith, D. (2020). What Matters most for Recruiting Teachers to Rural Hard-to-Staff Districts: A Mixed Methods Analysis of Employment Related ConditionsAmerican Journal of Education. In Press. 

Tran, H., Hardie, S., Gause, S., Moyi, P., & Ylimaki. (2020). Leveraging the Perspectives of Rural Educators to Develop Realistic Job Previews for Rural teacher Recruitment and Retention. Rural Educator. In press.

Tran, H., Smith, D., & Fox, E. (2018). The Perspectives of Potential and Current Rural Teachers for Rural Teacher Recruitment and Retention in South Carolina. University of South Carolina’s Center for Innovation in Education Report.

Tran, H., & Smith, D. (2019). Insufficient money and inadequate respect: What obstructs the recruitment of college students to teach in hard-to-staff schoolsJournal of Educational Administration57(2), 152-166.

Harrison, T., & Tran, H. (2020). How Can Higher Education Engage with Rural Communities to Address Teacher Shortages? In Tran, H., Smith, D., & Buckman, D. (Eds.), Stake Holder Engagement: Improving Education through Multi-Level Community Relations. Maryland: Rowman and Little Field.

Episode 8

Podcast Season 1, Episode 8: Food Access in Rural South Carolina 

Description: Today we are discussing healthy food access in Rural South Carolina with Food Share SC Co-Founder, Beverly Wilson, and outreach coordinator, Gabriel Wilhelm. 

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Learn about Food Share SC and their various program offerings and opportunities to volunteer here  

SC Office of Rural Health Annual Conference  

Clemson Cooperative Extension  

Orangeburg County Library  

SC Rural Health Action Plan 

Episode 7

Podcast Season 1, Episode 7: Supporting the Healthcare Workforce in rural South Carolina

Description: Today we are speaking with the Executive Director of the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium (SC AHEC),  Ann Lefebvre, MSW, about building and supporting a robust healthcare workforce in rural and underserved South Carolina.

Show Notes:

South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

National Student Clearinghouse -

SC Office for Healthcare Workforce -

Health Professional Shortage Area

Episode 6

Podcast Season 1, Episode 6: Oral Health in Rural South Carolina

Today we are discussing oral health in rural SC with Dr. Amy Martin, professor and director of the Division of Population Oral Health at the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina.

MUSC Division of Population Oral Health

American Dental Association

Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas

SC Office of Rural Health Revolving Loan Fund

DHEC Division of Oral Health

South Carolina Dental Association

Ryan White Dental Programs

Duke Endowment Carolinas Oral Health Initiative

HPV and Oral Health

Episode 4

Podcast Season 1, Episode 4: Power of Community through Arts, Culture, and Education in Bamberg County

Today we are speaking to Yvette McDaniel, PhD, a soprano, arts educator, advocate, and choir director at Denmark Technical College.

Learn more about opportunities at Denmark Technical College

WJBF – CRAWL’s Winter Wonderland

WACH – DTC Choir

T&D – Future Health Professionals Conference

YouTube – Public Transformation: Denmark

YouTube – CRAWL Christmas Creation

Denmark Technical College invites you to celebrate their Homecoming Week on January 26 – February 1

Episode 3

Podcast Season 1, Episode 3: Social Determinants of Health in Rural SC

Today we are discussing social determinants of health and rural disparities research with Jan Probst, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health and Director Emerita of the Rural and Minority Health Research Center.

Show Notes:

Rural and Minority Health Research Center

Journal Article: Structural Urbanism Contributes to Poorer Health Outcomes for Rural America

Journal Article: Declines in Pediatric Mortality Fall Short for Rural US Children

Analysis: Disparities in Rural Child Mortality Rates Persist Despite Improvements

Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant

Child Access Prevention Laws for Guns

Corridor of Shame

American Medical Informatics Association

ArtFields in Lake City, SC

Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub)

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Episode 2

Podcast Season 1, Episode 2:

Today we are discussing primary care in rural South Carolina with Chuck Carter, MD, Director of the SC Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare.

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SC Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare

Rural Residency Programs

Heirs of General Practice by John McPhee

Rural Incentive Programs:


SC Rural Practice Loan Forgiveness Program

National Health Service Corps

Episode 1

Podcast Season 1, Episode 1: What is Rural, Anyway?

Today Kevin and Alanti travel down the ultimate rabbit hole with attempting to answer the age-old question: What is Rural, Anyway? There’s a pop-quiz…

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2010 Census Tract Reference Maps

Walmart Closure in Winnsboro, SC

Fairfield County Hospital Closure

Rural Definition Resources:

Metropolitan and Micropolitan

Rural-Urban Commuting Area Codes (RUCA)

How Does the Census Bureau Define Rural?

Health Resources and Service Administration List of Rural Counties

USDA National Agricultural Library

Rural Health Information Hub


Podcast Season 1, Teaser Episode: Introducing the Growing Rural Podcast

Introducing the Growing Rural Podcast where we discuss all things rural.  Hosts, Kevin Bennett and Alanti McGill give you a quick preview of the focus of this podcast to discuss, examine, and explore the rural health landscape in South Carolina.


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