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Fair works with clinic that provides ‘human-centered care’

Melissa Fair, Furman University Institute for the Advancement of Community Health.

Last updated June 27, 2023

By Tina Underwood

The Magdalene Clinic, developed by the Phoenix Center, Furman University Institute for the Advancement of Community Health, and Prisma Health, offers comprehensive care for expectant mothers with substance-use disorder (SUD). Founded in 2015 thanks to a $1.15 million Healthy Greenville Grant, the clinic delivers traditional pregnancy care, social work and peer-support services.

The Greenville Journal covered the clinic’s services and reached out to Furman’s Melissa Fair, 2010 Furman alumna and community action director for IACH. Citing the need for trauma-informed care, Fair said, “We create a wraparound supportive environment that looks at (the patient) as a complete and whole person without judgment. Were trying to reduce that shame they feel about their own use.”

A health and exercise science graduate (now health sciences), Fair joined the IACH in 2016, bringing a wealth of community-based health promotion and evaluation experience through her relationship with LiveWell Greenville and its more than 100 community partnerships. Fair holds a master’s in public health from the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health and a doctorate from the same in health promotion, education and behavior.

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