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I. DeQuincey Newman Institute for Peace 
and Social Justice

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The I. DeQuincey Newman Institute for Peace and Social Justice seeks to continue the mission of Reverend I. DeQuincey Newman by promoting social justice through interdisciplinary education, consultation, and research at the community, state, national, and international levels.

Reverend Newman speaks on the 1964 Civil Rights Act

Under the leadership of the director, Ronald O. Pitner, the Newman Institute is committed to:

  1. Serving as a catalyst and resource for transdisciplinary teaching and advocacy on social justice issues
  2. Pursuing rigorous theoretical and applied research on processes and conditions that create and sustain social justice
  3. Maintaining and sustaining a community-centered focus on outreach to under-served populations in South Carolina
  4. Preparing students in social work and other related disciplines to effect positive social change around social justice issues

Social Media

Please visit the I. Dequincey Newman Institute for Peace and Social Justice page on Facebook. You may view our calendar of events, take a poll, or participate in interactive discussions on a variety of social justice issues. Each month we will focus on a specific issue to discuss. Contact us and let us know if you have some topics you would like to see addressed.

Contact Information

Pitner Ron smallRonald O. Pitner, PhD
Director
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803.777.6797

Katrina SpignerKatrina Spigner, PhD
Consultant for Community Engagement
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803.777.0468

The Relationship of the Institute to the CollegeThe Institute is situated in the College of Social Work and directed by the current holder of the I. DeQuincey Newman Chair. The Institute was conceived in partnership with the university, the College of Social Work, and interested community groups.

Digital Collection of I. DeQuincey Newman’s Documents

South Carolina Center for Gerontology

GerontologyCrtPageThe South Carolina Center for Gerontology is a consortium of state-supported institutions of higher education that presently includes Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University, Lander University, the Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina State University, the University of South Carolina, and Winthrop University. The Center was recommended by the Committees of Health and Medical Education and Academic Affairs of the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and approval was granted on November 1, 1984. The general purpose of the Consortium is to use the expertise of gerontology and geriatrics faculty from a variety of academic disciplines to assist in furthering the quality of life for older South Carolinians.

The major objectives of the Consortium are to:

  • promote and strengthen instructional activities in gerontology and geriatrics;
  • promote and strengthen research and research expertise in gerontology and geriatrics;
  • promote and strengthen collaborations among faculty and service providers with gerontological and geriatric interests from public and private sectors throughout the state;
  • identify gerontological and geriatric research, educational, and service resources within the state;
  • identify needs and potential needs related to gerontology and geriatrics in the state;
  • facilitate dissemination of new information to those involved in teaching, research, and service delivery in gerontology and geriatric settings.

Faculty of Consortium universities demonstrate continued success in obtaining grants and contracts to advance gerontology/geriatrics research and educational programs. Publication of books, chapters, monographs, and scientific journal articles reflect the highly significant aging research and scholarship of faculty in South Carolina universities. Numerous faculty make research presentations at both national and international scientific and professional conferences, further disseminating the results of their aging studies and projects.

Consortium universities and faculty currently are engaged in programs and projects such as:

  • The South Carolina Geriatric Education Center (Medical University of South Carolina, College of Health Professions; Consortia Members include MUSC, South Carolina State University, University of South Carolina, Coastal Carolina University, and South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium)
  • Rural Geriatric Care Management Program (Medical University of South Carolina and South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services)
  • Comparative Effectiveness of Antipsychotic Medications in Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and other drug studies (Medical University of South Carolina)
  • Advanced Practice in Gerontologic/Complementary Care (Medical University of South Carolina, Division of Nursing)
  • All-Inclusive Care for Frail Elderly Veterans (University of South Carolina, School of • Medicine, Dorn Veterans Administration Medical Center, and Palmetto SeniorCare)
  • A Comprehensive Program to Strengthen Physicians’ Training in Geriatrics (University of South Carolina, School of Medicine)
  • Senior Mentor Program (University of South Carolina, School of Medicine)
  • Continuing Education/Lifelong Learning for Retired Older Adults (Coastal Carolina University)
  • Creative Retirement Center for Lifelong Learning (University of South Carolina-Beaufort)
  • Certificate of Graduate Study in Gerontology Program (University of South Carolina)
  • Gerontology Certification Program (Coastal Carolina University)

Research and Publications

As reflected in the newsletters, research publications of faculty and researchers deal with a variety of topics, such as:

Medication for agitated elderly persons with dementia; comorbidity associated with dementia; use of life review for preventing despair in nursing homes; reminiscence in dementia care; managing transitions and placement of relatives with Alzheimer’s disease; caregivers in crisis; training of nursing home administrators; strength training for older adults; responses to symptoms of illness in African-American and White Elderly Persons; hospitalization in the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly; the church and social services; growth and change in graduate level gerontology education; intervening when grandparents raise grandchildren due to substance abuse; community service activities of retired professional athletes; geriatric assessment; organizational and individual commitment to community service activities by retired professional athletes.

Contact Information

Director of the SC Center for Gerontology
Dr. Rita J. Chou
Associate Professor of Social Work
University of South Carolina
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Policy Board

Policy Board Members consult with and collaborate on research, educational and training initiatives with colleagues in local, state and national aging organizations. The South Carolina Center for Gerontology served as a co-sponsor for the 26th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, convened in Myrtle Beach in February, 2000. Coastal Carolina University provided major leadership for bringing this significant educational conference to South Carolina. In addition, several board members serve on state and local aging agency boards and committees, assisting personnel around such issues as gerontology and geriatric education, legislative advocacy, senior center and adult day care development.

Chairperson of the Policy Board            
Dr. Jennifer C. Solomon
Professor of Sociology
Winthrop University
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Policy Board Members

Ms. Judith Baskins
Palmetto Health Geriatric Services
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Maureen Dever-Bumba
Florence-Darlington Technical College
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Dr. Michael E. Byrd
University of South Carolina
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Dr. Cheryl Dye
Clemson University
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Dr. G. Paul Eleazer
University of South Carolina
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Dr. Esther M. Forti
MUSC Office on Aging
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Dr. Lotta Granholm-Bentley
Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. Sylvia Kenig-Snyder
Coastal Carolina University

Dr. Jerome E. Kurent
Medical University of South Carolina

Mr. Tom Lloyd
Silver Haired Legislature

Ms. Carrie Sinkler-Parker
AARP South Carolina
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Dr. Tim Snyder
Lander University
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Dr. Meredith J. Uttley
Lander University
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Dr. William E. Hills
Coastal Carolina University

 

 

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SCCG Aging Matters Newsletter

The Newsletter of the South Carolina Center for Gerontology is published to disseminate information on current research, educational programs, gerontological trends, and community aging services to more than 1,000 agency staff, higher education faculty, legislators, and other governmental officials.
Spring/Summer 2016
Spring/Summer 2015
Spring/Summer 2014
Spring/Summer 2013
Spring/Summer 2012
Spring/Summer 2011
Spring/Summer 2010

 

Highlighted Research


Teri Browne, PhD, MSW, NSW-C

Dr. Teri Browne has developed a groundbreaking model for explaining kidney transplant disparity. Her model is based around social networks, and it focuses on reducing health inequalities, especially within the African-American community. For example, part of her research explores the psychosocial reasons why patients might not receive kidney transplants. She found that if patients know someone who has had a transplant, they are more likely to succeed in pursuing and receiving their own. Such findings have led to research that will help patients navigate the health systems that have often excluded them.

Dr. Browne is passionate about working with interdisciplinary teams, including doctors, nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists. Her research projects also incorporate patients as collaborative partners from conceptualization to implementation.


Rita Chou, PhD, MSSW

Dr. Rita J. Chou believes that research, in addition to a source of solutions to present issues, is fertile ground for generating questions for further investigation. From examining the prevalence and correlates of discrimination against older workers in the United States to investigating elder support by adult children in China, she aims to enhance the well-being of older adults.

One example of such research is a series of studies Dr. Chou conducted based on the understanding that high employee turnover diminishes the quality of care in long-term care facilities. Dr. Chou researched the deep-rooted causes of direct care workers' difficulties, investigating job satisfaction and retention. These studies led to the understanding that low pay, minimal benefits, heavy workloads, and a diminished sense of organizational justice adversely affected workers’ job satisfaction and retention—all possibly detracting from the quality of care for the older adults in those facilities.


Ronald Pitner, PhD

Dr. Ronald Pitner works from the grassroots level to empower communities. “Part of ‘making change happen’ is listening to and understanding what the community wants to change and then helping them facilitate that change,” Pitner said.

One example of his research is an interdisciplinary project in Columbia, SC. The goal of the project is to help residents in the Gonzales Gardens and Lyon Street communities make their neighborhoods safer through their own active community engagement. He used photovoice to better understand how residents describe the strengths and concerns of their neighborhoods. He also assessed this information through surveys, crime data analysis, and neighborhood mapping. From this, a Community Empowerment Center (CEC) was established in the Gonzales Gardens community. The CEC serves as a catalyst for building community capacity to develop solutions to neighborhood concerns. Residents also implement neighborhood change through community-driven initiatives, which are funded via mini-grant awards from the larger research project.

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