As a research institute, we are home to three health centers that provide nurse leaders with tools to innovate, research, plan and implement.
In the past three years, our researchers have generated over $15.5 million in new grant funding to address local and regional health needs and training opportunities.
Cancer Survivorship Center
The mission of the center is to create, expand, and disseminate knowledge addressing survivorship across the cancer continuum.
The center has faculty working on research projects across the continuum of cancer prevention and control. Principal investigators welcome the opportunity for student and faculty engagement on their projects. A complete listing of these areas of focus can be found here.
Many of these projects have collected data which provide an excellent opportunity for students and faculty to gain hands on knowledge of research methods and analysis as well as leading publication of their findings. In particular, Dr. Swann Adams, through funding provided by the National Cancer Institute has created a data repository with complete diagnosis and treatment data on all SC breast cancer patients participating in 2 state insurance plans. She has worked with several students and faculty that have led publications from this data source. She eagerly seeks additional mentees and collaborators who wish to pursue lines of inquiry from this invaluable resource.
Center for Nursing Leadership
Established in 2004, the Center for Nursing Leadership is a statewide organization that works with healthcare organizations, clinicians, and educators in South Carolina and across the nation.
Through events such as our Annual Leadership Summit, workforce and systems research, Big Data and analytics, advocacy, as well as leadership fellowship programs, the Center for Nursing Leadership provides information and learning opportunities for current and aspiring nurse leaders. The Center supports nurse and other healthcare leaders in understanding the complexity of healthcare in order to improve practice, effectiveness, and the value of healthcare, which ultimately improves system and patient outcomes.
Center for Advancing Chronic Care Outcomes through Research and Innovation
As one of South Carolina’s SmartState Centers, the Center for Advancing Chronic Care Outcomes through Research and Innovation (ACORN) focuses on innovative, multidisciplinary research to improve health and quality of life among people with chronic conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 6 in 10 adults in the US have a chronic condition and 4 in 10 have two or more chronic diseases. Chronic conditions result in significant morbidity, are the leading cause of death in the US, and account for 90% of the nation’s $3.3 trillion in annual health care expenses.