IACH’s partnerships combine the strengths of our university with those of community leaders and organizations to impact the health of Greenville’s citizens. Furman offers support through research, evaluations, planning, advocacy and networking.
- We develop relationships and enhance collaboration with local and state-level community partners to build a healthy community
- We support evidence-based interventions and evaluation of partner initiatives to demonstrate community impact
- We research and identify relevant community health issues to inform practice
Through collaboration with Prisma Health, the IACH Community Action team identifies, supports and evaluates evidence-based interventions to improve health outcomes and build a healthy community.
LiveWell strives “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.” Furman’s partnership with LiveWell started at the program’s inception and has grown to include an IACH team member serving as LiveWell’s principal investigator.
The Magdalene Clinic
Our team serves as the evaluation partner for the Magdalene Clinic, a specialized, judgment-free OB/GYN clinic for pregnant women with substance use disorder (SUD) in Greenville County. Through our evaluation we ensure fidelity to the intervention model and are responsible for a comprehensive analysis, demonstrating impact of the model on behavioral, physical, and social determinant impacts for mother and baby.
Research and Evaluation Projects
The IACH has a core commitment to work collaboratively with private, non-profit, government, and academic institutions to address the upstream determinants of health in our local community. Effective change requires careful research and evaluation which Furman University is well equipped to perform.
Implemented through Carolinas Collaborative, Triple P is a strongly evidence-based parent training program that has been shown to reduce the rates of child abuse, behavior problems, and parental stress. Previous research, however, did not examine the effects of the program on the use of corporal punishment. This project is a collaboration between the Department of Community Pediatrics and Furman faculty and students.
This research collaborative between Prisma Health Diabetes Self-Management, Prisma Health Internal Medicine, and the IACH will evaluate the impact of incorporating iPad diabetes educational videos in pharmacist insulin teaching prior to hospital discharge.