About Us

Our mission at the Arnold School is to use evidence-based models and meaningful engagement strategies to co-create solutions with community leaders that address health inequities.

CCHA brings together three major initiatives, PASOs, the Community Health Worker Institute (CHWI), and Equity through Meaningful Community Engagement (EMCE). Together, the entities within CCHA work collaboratively to address health inequities in communities throughout South Carolina. PASOs helps build a stronger South Carolina by supporting Latino communities with education, advocacy, and leadership development. The recently created South Carolina Community Health Worker Institute was created to ensure well-trained and supported Community Health Workers are in our communities supporting greater access to health for all South Carolinians. CCHA approaches diversity and equity with community members at the center, creating solutions by the community and for the community through Equity through Meaningful Community Engagement (EMCE).

What We Do


At CCHA we provide trainings for community health workers, people and organizations that work with CHWs, and those interested in advancing community engagement and health equity. To learn more visit our training page. 

Technical Assistance

CCHA’s focus is first and foremost to support communities that want to address inequities. We provide technical assistance and capacity development for organizations and community change agents to drive, develop and sustain their change goals. Visit our technical assistance page to learn more. 

Focus Areas

From maternal and child health to addressing the COVID-19 crisis, CCHA supports a variety of important programs that address vital community needs by building on existing assets and emerging opportunities. Learn more about our ever expanding focus areas. You can find pages dedicated to each of our focus areas under the Focus Areas drop down menu.

Our Strategies


Catalyze community leadership built from relationships of trust, enhancing assets and strengthening leaders’ capacity to drive their priorities forward


Engage with communities beyond formal structures – building mechanisms to ensure that those impacted by inequities are engaged and empowered to lead solutions


Facilitate the authentic alignment of grassroots, grassmiddle, and grasstops resources and ideas to maximize opportunities for equitable health


Work alongside community leaders to operationalize paths and processes to improve social determinant gaps and health inequities


Identify, expand, and inspire best practice models that enhance overall community health and wellbeing