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Richmond High Blood Pressure Center

About the Program

The Richmond High Blood Pressure Center is a collaboration between faculty and students from the Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine within a free clinic setting. At the Center, care is led by pharmacists who managed the chronic diseases of indigent patients. Physicians support the pharmacists by evaluating complex patients through a referral mechanism. Students from both professions are engaged in this approach to care, exposing them to a new model of primary care that meets the needs of the underserved while also controlling healthcare costs. Patients enjoy the care received at the Center, and the measures for control of chronic disease exceed national benchmarks.

Key People

Dave Dixon, Pharm.D., BCPS, CDE, CLS, AACC, FNLA

Assistant Professor
School of Pharmacy

Dave Dixon is an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy & Outcomes Science, VCU School of Pharmacy. Dr. Dixon practices collaboratively with healthcare professionals in a free clinic and a university-based outpatient cardiology clinic to manage chronic disease. He is also involved with the interprofessional RAM/MOM community outreach events. 


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. 


Liz Jaworksi, B.S., M.S.

Medical Student

School of Medicine

Liz Jaworski is a second-year medical student at the VCU School of Medicine. She has extensive volunteer experience including the Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program and Good Samaritan Hospice. She is currently a co-coordinator of the Student Free Clinic at VCU Medical Center This  student organization is affiliated with the Center for High Blood Pressure whose clinics allow medical and pharmacy students to serve patients while gaining a better understanding of the management of chronic diseases.


Katie Pumphrey


Evan Sisson, Pharm.D., M.S.H.A., CDE, FAADE

Associate Professor
School of Pharmacy

Evan Sisson is an associate professor of ambulatory care at VCU School of Pharmacy where he teaches pharmacy, nursing and medical students about drug therapy for hypertension, dyslipidemia and diabetes. The Center for High Blood Pressure is an urban free clinic where Dr. Sisson provides drug therapy management under a collaborative practice agreement and regularly educates patients on diabetes self-management.


Directors and Co-Directors