At the Core of Care

At the Core of Care

Pennsylvania nurses innovating for their communities

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Nurses Cultivating Patient-Centered Care

The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium (NNCC) is leading a two-year patient-centered initiative to cultivate a community of nursing stakeholders around substance use disorder care. The goal is to better understand optimal care delivery for individuals experiencing challenges related to substance use and persistent pain who have a heightened risk for infectious disease. In this episode, we speak with two patient advocates, Ivy Clark and Shelley Bastos, who share their perspectives on the role of nurses to address substance use disorder. We also hear from Kristine Gonnella, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at NNCC about the goals behind this project.
October 19, 2020

Empowering Nurses To Change Public Policy

Last year, nurses joined with other advocates in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to successfully advocate for a new law that protects children from lead poisoning. In this episode, we speak with Erin Blair, a home visiting nurse of the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium, who shared a testimony with City Council on her firsthand experience working with families affected by lead exposure. We also hear from Colleen McCauley, the health policy director for Public Citizens for Children & Youth (PCCY), who helped shape the new lead legislation in the city. Colleen uses her experience in nursing and public health to advocate for better public policy. Finally, we hear from Katie Huffling, executive director of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments on how nurses can create systemic change.
October 5, 2020

Examining the Impact of COVID onn Community Health Centers, Part 2

During Part 2 of our series highlighting community health centers' response during the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue our journey outside of Pennsylvania to speak with Jeannie McIntosh, a family nurse practitioner at Community Health Center Inc. (CHC) in Connecticut. Jeannie provides primary health care to seasonal agricultural workers through a partnership with the Connecticut River Valley Farmworker Health Program. Jeannie shares with us how CHC, Inc. and the Connecticut River Valley Farmworker Health Program have adapted their methods of outreach, engagement, and education to provide care during the pandemic. In Part 2 of our series, we also hear from Kristine Gonnella, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium (NNCC) about the critical role community health centers play in emergency response and how NNCC is working to ensure health centers have the resources necessary to provide care during the pandemic.
September 28, 2020

COVID Impact On Community Health Centers, Part 1

This is the first of two episodes highlighting community health centers response during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this first episode, we venture outside of Pennsylvania to speak to two members of the nursing team at Callen-Lorde, a New York City community health organization that specializes in LGBTQIA healthcare. Nursing team members, Lara Comstock and Sime Phillips, discuss the specialized care they provide to the LGBTQIA community and the pandemic's impact on Callen-Lorde. We also hear from Kristine Gonnella, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium about how their organization is working with partners nationally to make public health preparedness resources more readily accessible to community health centers.
September 21, 2020

Preventing SIDS With Cribs

In this episode, we learn how nurses play a key role in helping families develop safe sleep practices for their babies to prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and SUID (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death). We speak to Devon George, who has a nursing background and is the Director of Education Outreach at Cribs for Kids. This Pittsburgh based organization has been a national leader in the effort to promote and institute safe sleep practices, along with creating systems to provide families in need with free or low-cost portable cribs. Visit Cribs for Kids to learn more about their efforts and to access educational materials.
August 10, 2020

Nursing Student Perspective of COVID-19

In this special episode, we speak to Ana Pichardo, a recent BSN graduate from LaSalle University and a full-time certified Spanish-speaking medical interpreter at Temple University Hospital in North Philadelphia. Ana shares with us the impact the pandemic has had on her family, nursing education, her work as an interpreter and the way it has shifted her approach to health care. Specifically, that health care workers and institutions need to recognize racism as a public health crisis in order to eliminate the health care inequalities occurring every day.
July 27, 2020

At the Core of Care

At the Core of Care highlights the consumer experience of patients, families, and communities and the creative efforts of nurses and other partners to better meet their health and healthcare needs through diversity, leadership, and practice innovation.
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Sarah Hexem Hubbard

Sarah Hexem Hubbard

Sarah Hexem Hubbard, Esq. is the Executive Director of the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium and the Pennsylvania Action Coalition. She regularly speaks on topics related to the role of nursing in building a Culture of Health. She has published in the areas of public health law research, nurse practitioner scope of practice, and medical-legal partnership. Sarah teaches health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, and she graduated magna cum laude from Temple Law.

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