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Furman receives grant for Healthy Greenville project

The three-year grant from Greenville Health Authority covers the work of a coalition that tackles health-harming legal barriers in the senior adult community.

Furman University Institute for the Advancement of Community Health (IACH) has received a $592,486 grant for a project that addresses care for Greenville’s senior adult population through the Healthy Greenville initiative.

The grant is part of $5.3 million approved by the Greenville Health Authority (GHA) Board of Trustees to improve health-related care, health education and health research for the citizens of Greenville County.

Furman’s three-year grant covers the work of a coalition that tackles health-harming legal barriers in the senior adult community. The coalition, led by Furman’s IACH, includes Greenville Health System and South Carolina Legal Services.

Executive Director, Furman Institute for the Advancement of Community Health, Eli Hestermann

Said Eli Hestermann, executive director of IACH, “With the support of the Greenville Health Authority, we are able to expand our successful Medical-Legal Partnership model that currently serves children and their families to now include the senior population.

“We are excited about these additional opportunities to improve the health of some of our most vulnerable citizens while expanding hands-on learning opportunities for Furman students at the intersection of medicine and law,” added Hestermann.

In addition to Furman’s IACH, others receiving grants for the Healthy Greenville initiative include Greenville Free Medical Clinic; Clemson University Department of Public Health Sciences; Pendleton Place; The Phoenix Center; and Communities in Schools.

Including previously approved grants from fiscal year 2017, the total amount of grant  funding invested in Healthy Greenville by GHA is approximately $17.8 million.

“These [Healthy Greenville] programs will make Greenville County a healthier community and significantly improve the quality of life for families county-wide,” said Mike Ellison, chair of the GHA grant committee, which reviewed more than 49 proposed grants for this year’s cycle.

For more information about the grant or Furman’s Institute for the Advancement of Community Health, contact Eli Hestermann at and 864-294-3527.


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