Saundra H. Glover, Ph.D., MBA and Social Justice

Director, Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities (IPEHD)
Health Services Policy and Management Department
Arnold School of Public Health (ASPH)
University of South Carolina

The mission of (IPEHD) is to promote health equity using a meta-leadership framework that increases academic, community, and strategic partnerships in South Carolina and beyond. IPEHD manages and provides leadership for several research projects and programs on cancer and HIV/AIDS research, faculty and student development, and community engagement and outreach.

Dr. Glover is at the forefront of Public Health and Health Equity Initiatives locally, nationally, and internationally. She directs the ASPH’s Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities research portfolio that has grown to $35 million under her leadership. Dr. Glover is also Associate Director of the school’s Rural Health Research Center. A summa cum laude graduate of South Carolina State University, she sees partnering with HBCUs as critical to her work. Dr. Glover received her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Management and Organizational Behavior from the College of Business at the University of South Carolina in 1991.

Glover’s passion and commitment to the reduction and elimination of health disparities in rural, minority communities remains steadfast after 22 years with the university. She is passionate about educating females at risk for breast and cervical cancer. Having lost her only sister at the age of 31 to breast cancer, she knows all too well the perils of cancer. Her father, now deceased, did not get screened for prostate cancer until it was too late. HIV/ AIDS is an area of disparity that also has her attention. She is particularly concerned with the data showing a surge of AIDS cases in African American women. African American women are contracting HIV/AIDS at alarming rates and African American men are dying from prostate cancer at higher rates than any other race or ethnicity. These issues are personal for Dr. Glover and she has made them her life’s work.