The elderly. Low-income families. Disabled individuals. Regardless of age, economic status, physical characteristics, or other identifying factors, everyone should have equal access to quality health care.
The VCU School of Nursing strives to foster health equity from the bedside to the place where individuals live. Committed to identifying and addressing the community’s health care needs, our school has valued the importance of supporting community wellness and quality of life since the days of Sadie Heath Cabaniss, the VCU School of Nursing’s founding director. While the scope of our community outreach has evolved since then, supporting community health remains central to our nursing education and practice, and contributes to VCU’s recognition as a national model for community engagement. Today our Office of Practice and Community Engagement facilitates the school’s community involvement.
As part of our mission, the VCU School of Nursing works to decrease health disparities in individuals and families, from Richmond’s urban landscape to rural communities in remote areas of the state. Collaborating with the university and the surrounding community, our school provides opportunities for students to gain practical experience in identifying and treating population health issues, as well as opportunities for faculty to engage in transformative community practice and research driven by the health care needs of the community.
Various outreach initiatives throughout the community are designed to improve wellness for the most vulnerable and underserved populations. From providing back to school physicals in public schools to providing free health screenings in remote area clinics, our students and faculty touch the lives of thousands of individuals and families.