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SEVIEW - Southeastern Virtual Institute for Health Equity and Wellness

SEVIEW Projects

Phase I of SE VIEW has implemented 12 community-based research and service outreach programs designed to reduce the burden of health disparities that prevent enlistment in the U.S. Armed Services:

  • Stroke and Stroke Risk Reduction Initiative (SSRI)

This program enhances the REACH (Remote Evaluation of Acute Ischemic Stroke) telemedicine system to attain earlier identification and management of young and rural patients with hypertension and is designed to extend access to expert stroke care to SE VIEW regions, which have very high stroke incidence, morbidity and mortality rates.  SSRI has 15 REACH hospitals.  (Robert Adams, MD and Daniel Lackland, DrPH)

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SC TeleSupport: Diabetes Management Initiative

This program is designed to develop a practical and sustainable system of diabetes management in indigent patients in Charleston and neighboring counties.  (Leonard Egede, MD, MS)

  • Tele-Critical Care Program to Reduce Rural Health Disparities

This research project combines telemedicine technology with provider education aimed at improving the management of sepsis by engaging rural hospitals in a telemedicine network.  (Dee Ford, MD)

  • Telemedicine in the Evaluation of Alzheimer’s Disease in a Rural, African American Population

The purpose of this project is to investigate the underlying factor(s) that contribute to the fact that Alzheimer’s disease (AD) afflicts more African Americans than whites and to develop knowledge and interventions that will help to close this gap.  (Jacobo Mintzer, MD)

  • Heart Health: Preventive Cardiology Research Center

This program is designed to provide outreach to rural and other medically underserved children and families with known cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension, pre-diabetes, and dyslipidemia.  (Melissa Henshaw, MD)

  • Lean Team Initiative

This initiative is a school and community based program designed to treat childhood obesity and improve the health and fitness of children, families, and teachers in the Charleston County School District.  (Janice Key, MD)

  • Health Careers Academy and Junior Faculty Development

The goal is to increase diversity in the healthcare workforce and the health disparities research arena.

Health Careers Academy: Individual mentoring, parental involvement, ongoing academic advisement and career tracking.

Junior Faculty Development: Scientific and career mentoring, time management assistance, protected time for research, grantsmanship mentoring, and regulatory training and assistance.

  • Community Engaged Scholars Initiative (CES)

CES provides training, pilot funds and mentorship for 5 teams consisting of an MUSC researcher and community partner(s) who have collaborative interests in community-based participatory research (CBPR) to eliminate health disparities.  (Jeannette Andrews, PhD)

  • The Health Empowerment Zone

This community coalition addresses healthy eating, active living and positive lifestyles through a partnership with the City of North Charleston and several organizations to develop programs that target health and wellness, poverty, and crime.  (Deborah Williamson, DHA, CNM)

  • Mobile Outreach Van, Educational, and Navigational Health Services for Underserved Populations (MOVENUP Initiative)

This program is designed to reduce disparities in cancer services access, morbidity and mortality in the I-95 Corridor with a focus on three common cancers occurring to a disparate degree within the SE VIEW regions: breast, cervical and prostate.  (Marvella Ford, PhD)

  • MUSC Public Information and Community Outreach (PICO) Initiative

The purpose of this program is to heighten public awareness of health issues, provide prevention and health screening opportunities, and promote awareness of/access to affordable and culturally competent care.  (David E. Rivers, MA)

  • Community Institutes for Traditional and Nontraditional Leaders (CLI)

This program is designed to help communities and constituencies build capacity to identify, access and develop leadership resources through the linkage of scientific, political and local communities, and incorporation/cultivation of nontraditional (artists, musicians, athletes) and traditional leaders (elected officials, preachers, lawyers, etc.).  (David E. Rivers, MA)

  • Healthy People in Healthy Communities: Promoting Good Health in Williamsburg County Across the Lifespan

The goal of this program is to promote awareness of risk factors for chronic disease, behaviors to achieve healthy lifestyles, and access to effective healthcare and necessary medications as keys to lifelong health promotion and disease prevention.  (Brent Egan, MD)

SE VIEW aims to strengthen and expand its scope by incorporating 6 additional projects.  The following briefly describes the 6 new initiatives as Phase II:

  • Junior Doctors of Health

This program is designed to prevent childhood obesity in underserved populations by creating “Junior Doctors of Health”, i.e., children empowered to control their own health and educate others about healthy eating and exercise.  (Scotty Buff, PhD)

  • STEER Away from Alcohol and Drugs

The goal of this program is to address health disparities in access, education and treatment of the use/misuse of alcohol and drugs in minority, rural, underserved and at risk populations.  (Deborah Deas, MD, MPH)

  • Providing a Medical Home for Underserved Children in Williamsburg County via Telemedicine

The purpose of this program is to bring preventive healthcare to children living in an underserved rural area of the I-95 Corridor.  (James T. McElligott, MD, MSCR)

  •  Evaluating a Media Strategy - Closing the Gap, Inc. (CGHI)

This program is designed to assess and refine the design, implementation and quality of a health communication strategy utilizing radio broadcasts to provide health messages to medically underserved populations with low health literacy.  (Marvella E. Ford, PhD)

  • CBPR to Improve Oral Health

This program aims to improve the oral health of a rural, racially and ethically diverse community by overcoming existing barriers to oral healthcare and building necessary community oral health infrastructure.  (Renata S. Leite, DDS, MS)

  • Patient Risk Assessment and Health Education with Computer Kiosks in Community Health Centers

The purpose is to develop, implement and evaluate an intervention to increase exposure to health information technology and provide patients with their perceived/actual risk of disease prior to meeting with their healthcare provider.  (Arch G. Mainous, PhD)


This research and development project was conducted by the Medical University of South Carolina and is made possible by a cooperative agreement that was awarded and administered by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) and the Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), Fort Detrick, Maryland 21702, under Contract Number:  W81XWH-10-2-0057. The TATRC Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) is Wilbur W. Malloy at

The views, opinions and findings contained in this research are those of the Company/Laboratory/medical facility etc. and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Defense and should not be construed as an official DoD/Army policy unless so designated by other documentation.  No official endorsement should be made.