Mission Statement

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The Greater Charleston Low Country Jazz Festival is the primary fundraiser for Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose primary mission is decreasing health disparities and increasing health literacy, especially for African Americans and the underserved in our community, South Carolina, and the nation.

The organization airs radio and television health tips, publishes a weekly e-newsletter, and provides information on social media to improve health literacy. Lectures, seminars, and youth and community activities are also provided by Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc..

Proceeds from our Festival support the mission of Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc. and the Thaddeus John Bell, M.D. Endowment Fund. This scholarship fund was created conjointly with the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina to assist students who pursue a health science degree and graduate from the Medical University of South Carolina. This will facilitate an increase in the number of African American health providers in the state.

The Greater Charleston Low Country Jazz Festival and Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc. have made contributions, exceeding $250,000, to the Thaddeus John Bell, M.D. Endowment Fund!

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A Unique Relationship

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Several months ago, my daughter Tonisha, suggested to me that we should increase our efforts to promote and explain, to our community, the relationship between Closing the Gap in Health Care for African Americans and the underserved and the Greater Charleston Low Country Jazz Festival. It was her vision to combine them and this was, indeed, a novel thought. The health community continues to experience difficulty in understanding that health information is a major factor in decreasing health disparities and the need to increase the number of minority health professionals. Last year, you could see Tonisha working tirelessly to combine the two organizations if you attended the jazz festival. Perhaps, such a relationship does not exist elsewhere in the country.

The festival provides the primary, financial resources for Closing the Gap in Health Care. We are jazzing for a purpose.

Your support of the Greater Charleston Low Country Jazz Festival assists us in continuing this unique program as we attempt to make a difference in our community. We provide world class, smooth, jazz music and deal with health issues that affect the underserved in our community. Thank you, Tonisha

The Greater Charleston Lowcountry Jazz Festival
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