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Hispanic Health Initiatives

"MUSC Nurses Change Lives"


Interpersonal Violence Awareness and Prevention

Funded by The Duke Endowment, this community-based program addresses domestic violence issues by serving as a resource for primary care providers, local organizations and educational entities. We have just finished developing a website that has resources for primary care providers to use in order to screen for interpersonal violence which is called the Interpersonal Violence Primary Care Toolkit.  A  DVD on intimate partner violence was previously developed with the Duke Endowment funds and can be found on the website as well.  Additionally, HHI faculty and consultants are available for community workshops on domestic violence. For more information on ordering the DVD in English or in Spanish or scheduling a workshop, please contact Carol Whelan at (843) 792-2651.

Community-based Participatory Research

HHI Faculty and students work with our community partners to engage and mobilize academic/community partnerships to reduce health disparities and promote health equity.  Working with the Center for Community Health Partnerships (CCHP), students participate throughout each semester in a variety of on-going research projects as well as outreach activities.

Ongoing Research by Hispanic Health Initiative Faculty

Charlene Pope, PhD, MPH
Principal Investigator

  • Carolinas Conversations: A multiethnic digital corpus of speech for older persons Funded by the National Library of Medicine/NIH - PAR-07-236 10/1/07-9/30/10  [Co-Investigator, Dr. Boyd Davis, University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Dr. Lillian Trettin, MUSC Library]

Principal Investigator

  • Coding Matters: Comparative Mixed Method Analysis of Accounts of Avoidable Emergency Room Visits for African Americans with Diabetes Funded by Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Center for Health Disparities Research Pilot Program  [Co-Investigators: Dr. Gaynell Magwood, Dr. Boyd Davis, and Dr. Carolyn Jenkins]


  • Hispanic Health Initiative
  • Funded by Duke Foundation [Principal Investigator: Dr. Deborah Williamson]
  • Project:  Comparison of prenatal decision making in monolingual and bilingual health encounters – Co-investigator: Jason Roberson
  • Project:   Who Chooses? Preventive Services and Barriers Identified by Hispanics in the South Carolina Low Country – Co-Investigator: Dr. Deborah Williamson

Sheila Smith, PhD, MSN, RN
Co-Principal Investigator

  • Effects of group prenatal care on pregnancy outcomes and the obesity effects on intrauterine fetal development on childhood obesity, Funded by the March of Dimes. 1/2006-1/2008

Co-Principal Investigator

  • Resting metabolic rate and insulin resistance to predict weight gain and birth weight during pregnancy.
  • Funded by the MUSC Department of OB/GYN and MUSC's GCRC. 1/2007-1/2009

Deborah Williamson, DHA, MSN, RN

Principal Investigator

  • An Education, Screening, and Referral Program for Abuse among Pregnant Women, 1/1/07-4/30/08, Funded by the Duke Endowment.
  • *Public availability of DVD in English and in Spanish addressing Intimate Partner Violence, Picking Up The Pieces, was produced as part of this grant. For more information on this DVD, please contact Carol Whelan.

Principal Investigator

  • Teen Health Advocates, 3/1/08-6/30/11, Submitted grant for National Libraries of Medicine

For more information on our publications and data, please contact Maria Toler.


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