The School of Health and Human Services (SHHS) continues its mission to serve the public good by opening two more nurse managed clinic sites in the Los Angeles area. Utilizing funds from its Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Grant, the school opened the locations with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Inglewood this month. The clinic makes health care more accessible to residents through its unique “virtual” approach. Patient services are provided at conveniently-located community locations, such as social service agencies like the Salvation Army. The School’s nursing and other health professions students (including Health Sciences and Community Health) are also involved and are gaining valuable experience in these new models of health care through collaborations with trained clinical professionals. Dr. Dean McNeal (the grant's P.I), addressed the crowd at the ribbon cutting, along with National University President David Andrews. Read all about the details, including the partnership with the Salvation Army, on NU's website here.
Dean McNeal wishes to thank the SHHS and everyone involved so far for the support of this Project. This Project demonstrates how an interprofessional education/interprofessional collaborative practice team can revolutionize the manner by which primary care is delivered. The video above gives a quick glance at the telehealth component of the Project, which affords students, clinicians and faculty from geographical regions as far north as Seattle, WA and as far east as Bloomington, IN, the opportunity to engage with patients in the LA community.
To date the clinic has served 165 patients, and 24 SHHS students have participated in the workshops learning to work together as members of an interprofessional team. Many thanks go to the faculty who have been able to participate thus far:
Dr Ellen Carruth, City University
Dr Ricardo Parker, Allied Health
Dr Irina Campbell, Public Health
Prof Linda Macomber, Informatics
Dr Tyler Smith, Data Analytics
Dr Patricia Humbles, Nursing
Dr LaDon Jones, Healthcare Administration
Dr Irvin Kluth, Clinical Affairs
Dr Gabriel Pineda, Clinical Lab Science
The Dean recently sent out this information to the SHHS and writes, “We invite you to join us as we continue to expand this initiative to other communities pending additional funding. Our mission is to bring the concept of telehealth and telecommunication technologies to our most vulnerable communities. “