Spotlight On Research
Nannette Turner, PhD, MPH, is associate professor and chair of the Department of Public Health in the College of Health Professions (CHP). As an associate of the CHP Department of Public Health Center for Evaluation and Applied Research (CEAR) and the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Family Solutions of the Low Country (FSLC) Low Country Healthy Start Program (LCHS), Dr. Turner, along with co-investigators Huey Chen, PhD; Cheryl Gaddis, DrPH, MPH, CHES; and Liliana Morosanu, MPH, comprise the evaluation team charged with conducting process and outcome evaluations for LCHS.
The LCHS program is located in Orangeburg, South Carolina and serves women in Allendale, Bamberg, Hampton, and Orangeburg counties. Funded by Health Resources and Services Administration, LHCS aims to reduce infant mortality and to improve the health and well-being of women, infants, children, families and communities in rural areas with infant mortality of one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half times the national average. The task is complex and requires addressing multiple social determinants of health in the pre-pregnancy family planning, pregnancy and postpartum periods to ensure optimal conditions for the health of mothers and children. Overall the program aims to improve women’s health, promote quality, strengthen family resilience, achieve collective impact and increase accountability.
Drs. Turner, Chen, Gaddis and Prof. Morosanu have taken a participatory approach in designing and conducting evaluation services for LCHS. With key stakeholders’ input and collaboration, CEAR assisted in building evaluation capacity by overhauling data systems in order to collect accurate and timely information on an ongoing basis.