Richmond Health and Wellness Program
The Richmond Health and Wellness Program, led by Pam Parsons, director of practice and community engagement in VCU School of Nursing, is a community-based care coordination initiative that has become an interprofessional training ground for future nurses and a national model for community engagement. RHWP brings together students from the VCU Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, Medicine, Social Work, Occupational Therapy and the Department of Psychology, to provide integrated care to residents in apartment buildings that are designated for older adults and those with disabilities. The program serves low-income older adults who have limited access to care or who are in need of coordinated care services. The goal is to improve the health and well-being of residents in their homes.
For more information, contact Pam Parsons, or visit nursing.vcu.edu/community-engagement/key-initiatives/#RHWP
Center for Healthy Hearts
The Center for Healthy Hearts 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.
More information is available at centerforhealthyhearts.org