Vince Ford is not a person content to sit on the sidelines. Instead, he has devoted his life to creating opportunities that make a difference in his fellow man and his community. His visionary leadership, heart-felt commitment, and personal compassion have yielded significant results. Born in Columbia, South Carolina, Mr. Ford attended Richland County Public Schools, excelling in academics and community service. Realizing education is the foundation of one’s future; he earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Benedict College and Master’s of Science in Individual and Family Development from South Carolina State University. In 1997, the state’s largest health system invited Mr. Ford to establish and lead a new, groundbreaking initiative in Columbia intended to meet the unmet health needs of the community’s uninsured and medically underserved populations. Starting from ground zero, Mr. Ford engaged leaders from Palmetto Health and the community to establish the Office of Community Health Services with the goal of improving community health through preventive, early interventional and educational services. Under Mr. Ford’s guidance—he is now the Sr. Vice President for Community Health at Palmetto Health—the Office of Community Health offers innovative, national award-winning programs that each year deliver much needed cancer, dental, maternal child health, teen health, and vision services to thousands of people in the Midlands of South Carolina. Palmetto Health was recently awarded the Foster G. McGaw Award by the American Hospital Association – the highest award for community health. Mr. Ford has always focused his professional career on bettering the lives of others. Prior to joining Palmetto Health, he served as the executive director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands and the James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation. While with the South Carolina Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Mr. Ford’s drug and alcohol school intervention program received the Outstanding Student Assistance Program Award from the National Association of Student Assistance Programs and Professions. He continues to teach and lead efforts that address the problem of teen drug and alcohol use, reaching out to parents, teens, teachers, and others. Education remains Mr. Ford’s personal passion and he gives generously of his time. Starting in 1992, he served on the Richland School District One School Board, holding a variety of positions, including board chair. He was named Outstanding School Board Member for the Sixth Congressional District and All-State School Board Member by the South Carolina School Boards Association. His term ended November 2016 (24 years). Mr. Ford also served on the Benedict College Board, his alma mater, and the University of South Carolina African American Community Advisory Board. Mr. Ford has received numerous awards and recognition for his distinguished service. Most recently, the March of Dimes honored him with its National Volunteer Award, the Elaine Whitelaw Volunteer Service Award, for his significant contributions to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. He was named one of South Carolina Vision Magazine’s Top 25 Influencers for using his influence and talents to improve the quality of life in the community. The Columbia Housing Authority honored Mr. Ford on its Wall of Fame, which recognizes African Americans whose efforts have improved the lives of others. Recently honored on the AT&T African American Calendar. The Columbia Free Times recognized him as one of the “50 People Who Gets Things Done” in 2012 and 2013. Mr. Ford is a life member of the NAACP and serves as chairperson on the State Education and the Columbia Branch Education committees. He has represented the State Branch NAACP at the Daisy Bates Conference. Mr. Ford received the President’s Education Award. Mr. Ford is married to the former Patricia Davis and they are the proud parents of two children, Marques and Robyn, and equally proud grandparents of grandson Marques and granddaughters, Amani and Jhenive.