Madie A. Robinson, a community servant and human rights advocate, currently serves as Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer for Pee Dee Healthy Start, Inc. (PDHS), a 501(c)(3) founded to help improve the health outcomes for pregnant women and their children. PDHS, headquartered in Florence, covers a seven-county rural area in the Pee Dee region of SC, expanded its services to incorporate the needs of the entire family and provides training and education for youth, helps to develop communication strategies for individual and couples to sustain a healthy relationship and/or marriage, and assists youth offenders between the ages of 18-24 with job training and job placement. In addition, PDHS connects its clients to medical care, food and nutrition, clothing and other necessities to help improve their quality of life.
Ms. Robinson also serves as Project Director for Pee Dee Healthy Start, one of the original 15 Healthy Start demonstration projects funded in October 1991. This effort was one of two rural projects funded during the demonstration phase. She is a founding member of the National Healthy Start Association, Inc., and served on the Board of Directors from 1998-2005, and was re-elected in 2014. She serves as a Legacy Member.
Ms. Robinson began her social work career as a caseworker at the Florence County Department of Social Services. She served in several management capacities at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control including: Program Director, Associate Director of Social Work, and District Social Work Director where she was responsible for planning, directing and administering public health and human service programs within the agency.
Madie is the daughter of Mary E. Robinson, and was raised by her grandparents, the late John and Bell W. Robinson. She is a native of Florence County and graduated from Wilson High School. She is a proud graduate of Bennett College, Greensboro, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and she received the Master of Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina.
She is a lifelong member of St. Luke United Methodist Church, where she serves as church secretary, certified lay servant, and in other leadership roles. She is a Golden Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, Florence Alumnae Chapter and is a member of other organizations.
Ms. Robinson is a Golden Heritage Life Member of the NAACP and currently serves as a member of the NAACP National Board of Directors. She was elected in July 2005 and had the distinct honor to succeed retiring National Board member the late Rev. H.H. Singleton from Conway, South Carolina. Robinson is the first adult female to be elected to the National Board of Directors from South Carolina. She serves on the Audit, Legal, Resolutions and other assignments as designated by the Chairman of the Board. She has received numerous awards both from her professional and civic/volunteer work.