The Institute for the Advancement of Community Health (IACH) is excited to host a wide variety of opportunities for Furman University faculty, students and staff as well as community partners and interested collaborators to further the Institute’s mission.

Coming soon:

Please join us for a special two-day professional development opportunity, “Cultivating Lifelong Family Well-Being,” scheduled for Thursday, March 7, and Friday, March 8, 2024 at Furman University’s Younts Conference Center.  “Cultivating Lifelong Well-Being” is a two-day conference and partnership between the Institute for the Advancement of Community Health (IACH) and the Institute for Child Success (ICS).

This program will bring together early childhood professionals, medical practitioners, educators, social workers, academics, and policymakers converge to discuss a variety of topics including adopting best practices for maternal health, child development, developmental screening, equity, impact investing, and mental health and well-being.

Registration via EventBrite will open soon! Email Olivia Comer at to be added to our mailing list.

Community Health Showcase

Community Health Showcase

Twenty community partners from across the Upstate joined us for our 2023 IACH Community Health Showcase at Hartness Pavilion. The annual event provided students the opportunity to meet organizations that are essential to moving the needle on community health!  This informal, meet-and-greet event gave students opportunities to learn and hear stories about what inspired these community leaders to pursue careers in healthcare. This event was held in collaboration with Malone Center and Internship Office’s Career and Internship Fair.


Women in Healthcare CLP 2023

Moderator Dr. Lauren Messinger ’06 and panelists Dr. Bree Alexander ’12, Dr. Amy Jones ’90, Terry Hamilton ’82, Dr. Hiliary Humphries ’96, and Dr. Shannon Stark Taylor ’07
(shown below with the IACH staff)

Stay tuned for future IACH CLPs and other events that take place throughout the academic year, such as:

  • Community Health Champions Speaker Series – Fall & Spring Semester
  • Community Health Forum – Spring Semester
  • Women in Healthcare Panel Discussion – Spring Semester