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Richmond Health and Wellness Center

About the Program


The Richmond Health and Wellness Program is a community-based, care coordination program focused on improving the health of indigent, older adults. The program includes faculty and students from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work and the Department of Psychology. These individuals conduct weekly clinics in indigent housing settings across the metro Richmond area. At the clinics, residents of these settings meet with the team of providers to discuss any unmet health needs. The team then works to overcome any barriers to health with the patient and improve well-being.

The program, headed by Pam Parsons, from the School of Nursing was originally supported by a community engagement grant from the Center for Community Engagement. Based on the pilot data from this funding, the team received a three-year, 1.5 million dollar HRSA grant to support expanded interprofessional practice and education in these settings.

The program has become a national model for community-based interprofessional practice and education. Outcomes have been presented in several national venues and faculty have consulted with several external universities and organization about adopting similar models. The program has promised to meet the triple aim of improving health outcomes, decreasing healthcare costs, and enhancing the patient experience with the healthcare system.

Project Director

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Pamela Parsons, Ph.D., GNP-BC

Associate Professor
School of Nursing

Pamela Parsons is an Associate Professor and Director of Practice and Community Engagement for the School of Nursing. She is the Project Director for the Richmond Health and Wellness Program. Her clinical practice focuses on complex care of chronically ill older adults. Her research interest is development and evaluation of  interprofessional models of collaborative care for underserved populations.

Email: pparsons@vcu.edu

Key People

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Sierra Alewine, M.S.G.

Clinic Coordinator
School of Nursing

Sierra Alewine, is a gerontologist and the Clinic Coordinator of the Richmond Health and Wellness Program (RHWP). As the Clinic Coordinator she helps coordinate resident clinic schedules and manages the organizational flow of clinic sessions. Outside of the clinic setting, Sierra helps with the submission of federal grant reports, organizes team meetings, is involved in conference proposals, and helps to develop additional clinic sites.

Email: alewinesc@vcu.edu

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Peter Boling, M.D.

Professor
School of Medicine

Peter Boling serves as the Virginia Geriatric Education Center co-director. He is also professor of medicine, director of the geriatric medicine, and interim chair of general internal medicine in VCU School of Medicine. His academic work and practice focus on care for frail individuals with high co-morbidity, with a particular interest in care coordination, care transitions, home health and new models of care. 

Email: pboling@mcvh-vcu.edu

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Antoinette, Coe, Ph.D.(C)

PhD Candidate
School of Pharmacy

Anotininette (Toni) Coe is a PhD candidate in the School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science, and a graduate research assistant with the Richmond Health and Wellness Program. Her research interests include identifying problems during transitions of care and reasons for emergency department utilization in community-dwelling older adults, examining the impact of interprofessional collaborative care on patient outcomes, and identifying strategies to reduce health disparities.

Email: abcoe@vcu.edu

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Steven Crossman, M.D.

Associate Professor
School of Medicine

Steven Crossman is an associate professor of family medicine. He is Director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health and co-coursemaster of the Population Health and Evidence-Based Medicine course in VCU School of Medicine.  He is active in interprofessional teaching in the clinical setting as well as teaching in the Foundations of Interprofessional Practice course.

Email: scrossman@mcvh-vcu.edu

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Alan W Dow, M.D., M.S.H.A.

Assistant Vice President of Health Sciences for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care

School of Medicine

Alan Dow is Assistant Vice President of Health Sciences for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care at VCU. He directs the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care at VCU and is responsible for developing, implementing, and studying initiatives in interprofessional education and collaborative practice across the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Allied Health, and Social Work, the VCU Health System, and the surrounding community. 

Email: alan.dow@vcuhealth.org

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Moshe Feldman, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation
School of Medicine

Moshe Feldman is an Assistant Professor in the Office of Assessment and Evaluation Studies at VCU School of Medicine. He is responsible for the strategic integration of simulation based methods into the undergraduate medical school curriculum including the use of human patient simulation, virtual patients, and immersive environments. Dr. Feldman currently supports the Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety in the areas of assessment, evaluation, training, and human factors. 

Email: mfeldman@vcu.edu

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Anne Kisor, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean
School of Social Work

Anne Kisor is assistant dean at the VCU School of Social Work. She has a broad practice background including gerontology; before joining the School in 2010 was the Director of Social Services in Louisa County VA.

Email: akisor@vcu.edu

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Paul Mazmanian, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Continuing Professional Development and Evaluation Studies

School of Medicine

Paul Mazmanian currently serves as Associate Dean for Assessment and Evaluation Studies, VCU School of Medicine, and Director of Evaluation, VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research.  His current research interests include improved performance of physician to physician hand-offs, increased value in event reporting, and better communication for quality and safety in the VCU Health System.  He is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Standing Committee on Credentialing Research in Nursing and he stands as immediate past editor of the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions.

Email: pemazman@vcu.edu

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Kelechi Ogbonna, Pharm.D., CGP

Assistant Professor
School of Pharmacy

Kelechi Ogbonna is an Assistant Professor at VCU School of Pharmacy. Dr. Ogbonna’s responsibilities include didactic and experiential education in the area of geriatric pharmacy practice. Dr. Ogbonna's research focuses on community engagement, medication utilization, and healthy aging. Currently, Dr. Ogbonna serves as a co-investigator and core faculty member for the Richmond Health & Wellness Program (RHWP) funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Email: kcunegbuogbo@vcu.edu

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Pamela Parsons, Ph.D., GNP-BC

Associate Professor
School of Nursing

Pamela Parsons is an Associate Professor and Director of Practice and Community Engagement for the School of Nursing. She is the Project Director for the Richmond Health and Wellness Program. Her clinical practice focuses on complex care of chronically ill older adults. Her research interest is development and evaluation of  interprofessional models of collaborative care for underserved populations.

Email: pparsons@vcu.edu

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Elizabeth Pohoreskey, M.S.N., NP-C

Project Coordinator
School of Nursing

Elizabeth Pohoreskey is the Project Coordinator for the Richmond Health and Wellness Program. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner currently practicing in the outpatient Geriatric Primary Care Clinic at VCU Health System and is clinical faculty at the VCU School of Nursing. 

Email: ebpohoreskey@vcu.edu

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Bruce Rybarczyk, Ph.D.

Professor
School of Medicine

Email: bdrybarczyk@vcu.edu

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Lana Jean Ritchie Sargent, M.S.N., RN, FNP-C, GNP-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems
School of Nursing

Email: lsargent@vcu.edu

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Patricia Slattum, Pharm.D., CGP

Professor
School of Pharmacy

Patricia W. Slattum is professor of pharmacotherapy and outcomes science and director of the geriatric pharmacotherapy program in VCU School of Pharmacy.  She is a geriatric clinical pharmacologist with  extensive experience developing geriatrics-focused curriculum for interprofessional education and establishing pharmacy practice models in senior living communities.  She serves on the leadership team of the Richmond Health and Wellness Program and as core faculty in the Virginia Geriatric Education Center.  

Email: pwslattu@vcu.edu

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Leland "Bert" Waters, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Allied Health Professions

Leland “Bert” Waters is an Assistant Professor at the Virginia Center on Aging in the School of Allied Health Professions. He is the Assistant Director at the Virginia Geriatric Education Center, training healthcare professionals to effectively manage geriatric patients through a series of needs-based initiatives, including professional student education in geriatrics, faculty development and in-service training of healthcare providers. 

Email: lhwaters@vcu.edu