Healthy Learners Announces New Program Manager

Non-Profit expands management efforts to positively impact its Midlands Program

COLUMBIA – Healthy Learners welcomes Naomi Washington as its new program manager for Healthy Learners Midlands.

Washington has over 10 years of experience in the field of social work, but a lifelong passion for service to enhance the lives of those in her community. Prior to joining Healthy Learners, Naomi served as human services program coordinator in the areas of Investigations, Foster Care and Foster Care Licensing for the SC Department of Social Services. She began her career as a front-line investigator of child abuse and neglect with the agency and became familiar with the aspects of human services and child welfare through this role. Washington also has non-profit experience working with Communities in Schools of the Midlands and Girl Scouts-Mountains to Midlands where she coordinated on site services in both roles to at-risk youth. She strengthened her knowledge base in the field of social work by joining the University of South Carolina, Center for Child and Family Studies staff as a member of the quality assurance and training divisions focusing on child welfare practice and data.

“Naomi has a passion for positively impacting the lives of children and families. She has built her career on streamlining processes and implementing innovative ideas and programs. We look forward to her leadership within our organization and the community,” said Jo Pauling-Jones, executive director of Healthy Learners.

Washington, a native of Blackville, SC holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Columbia College and a master’s degree in Human Services from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Naomi believes her success is measured by the impact she makes in the lives of those she serves and strives to make sure her presence is impactful through her professional and personal capacities of leadership, mentoring and advocacy.

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 has five programs that serve 150 schools across twelve South Carolina school districts. The counties served are Allendale, Dillon, Fairfield, Georgetown, Greenwood, Lexington and Richland. For more information, see

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