Greenville Health System
As the Greenville Health System’s primary undergraduate partner, Furman works with the hospital system to develop internships, observation programs and research activities that engage students and faculty in all aspects of healthcare.
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As one of the core partners in the IACH, LiveWell Greenville’s mission “to create and maintain a healthy community through the promotion and support of policies, systems and environments that make the healthy choice the easy choice” aligns perfectly with the IACH goals and objectives.
Furman has a longstanding history with LiveWell Greenville that dates back to the original grant that spearheaded the inception of the program. Melissa Fair, IACH Community Action Program Director, serves as the principal investigator for LiveWell Greenville.
Medical Legal Partnership
The South Carolina Medical Legal Partnership (MLP) formally connects Furman University, the Greenville Health System and South Carolina Legal Services in work to improve health outcomes for people throughout the Upstate, especially those living in poverty. The partnership—the first of its kind in South Carolina—coordinates and streamlines access to non-medical assistance when a medical problem has roots in, or is made worse by, a social or legal problem. The South Carolina MLP is the only one in the country—and there are nearly 300 of them, in 41 states—in which the educational institution involved is a liberal arts, undergraduate institution, giving Furman students unique opportunities that can’t be found at peer institutions.
Furman students also work as MLP interns. On the medical side of the partnership, they meet with patients and their families to screen for health-harming legal problems, and on the legal side they draft complaints, investigate claims and observe in court. The work that interns observe and participate in will not only be useful to the MLP but also in shaping students’ understanding of their own potential. The interns will be preparing for a world in which the lines are more blurred as organizations work together to improve a community’s overall health.Visit the National Center for MLP website