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, networking and student interns.
Prisma Health Upstate
As its primary undergraduate partner, Furman works with Prisma Health to develop internships, observation programs, research activities, and community health initiatives.
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 Medical Legal Partnership
The Medical Legal Partnership (MLP) formally connects Furman University, Prisma Health, and South Carolina Legal Services in work to improve health outcomes for people throughout the Upstate, especially those living in poverty. The South Carolina MLP is the only one in the country in which the educational institution involved is a liberal arts undergraduate institution.
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.