First Choice hosting Jump-Start Back-to-School event

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Jump-Start Back-to-School event offers health screenings, school supplies, backpacks and more

Select Health of South Carolina’s First Choice health plan will host its Jump-Start Back-to-School event, featuring back-to-school information, health screenings, children’s activities, and backpacks with school supplies provided at no cost (while quantities last) from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Praise Assembly Church at 800 Parris Island Gateway.

Participants are asked to register in advance by calling 1-888-676-9588. Select Health of South Carolina is the state’s oldest and largest Medicaid managed care organization and is part of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies.

“This year, we will serve more than 400 Beaufort-area families with school-aged children, helping make sure they’re healthy and ready for the new school year,” Addie Bors, director of community education at Select Health said in a release. “We’re very fortunate that more than 20 health care providers, agencies and community partners are willing to join us and help children get the checkups and school supplies they need.”

Jump Start has served more than 14,000 families in the last 10 years and has now been expanded to locations throughout the state. Select Health’s bilingual staff will assist Spanish-speaking families, and interpretation services will be available for attendees with limited English proficiency. 

“Good health is proven to help children perform their best in school,” Dr. Kirt Caton, market chief medical officer at Select Health, said. “School-age children up to age 21 need yearly well visits with a primary care physician, and our staff can help First Choice members schedule these appointments with their doctors.”

For more information, call 1-888-676-9588 or visit

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