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At the Core of Care

Pennsylvania nurses innovating for their communities

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Vaccine Confidence: Building Trust

Vaccine Confidence: Building Trust is the third episode in a six-part series featuring conversations about vaccine confidence and public health on the At the Core of Care podcast. The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium is producing this special series as part of its efforts to support nurses and our communities. In this episode, we discuss behavioral techniques nurses are adopting at this time to build confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and how trust and empathy are crucial to the process. Our conversation begins with nurses Dr. Stephen Perez and Jasmine Nakayama from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and concludes with Dr. Gloria Jones, a family nurse practitioner in Silver Spring, Maryland. Dr. Stephen Perez is a lieutenant in the US Public Health Service and nurse epidemiologist with the Transmission and Molecular Epidemiology Team in the Division of HIV Prevention at the CDC. Recently he served as the clinical lead for the CDC Vaccine Confidence Team. He is succeeded by Jasmine Nakayama, Epidemic Intelligence Officer at the CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. We also speak to Dr. Gloria Jones, a Maryland-based family nurse practitioner, about her strategies for bolstering vaccine confidence in the community where she provides care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This project was funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (grant number NU50CK000580). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this resource center do not necessarily represent the policy of CDC or HHS, and should not be considered an endorsement by the Federal Government.
April 19, 2021

Vaccine Hesitancy: Is Healthcare Listening?

Vaccine Hesitancy: Is Healthcare Listening? is the second episode in a six-part At the Core of Care podcast series about building confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines. During this series, the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium hopes to support nurses and our communities participate in conversations to promote vaccine confidence and support public health. We’ll hear from nurses across the country sharing their experiences with vaccine rollout and vaccine hesitancy in the communities they serve. In this episode, we start in Boston, Massachusetts, and move to east-central Kansas, and talk with nurses, Dr. Deborah Washington and Ashley Beying. Dr. Washington is the Director of Diversity for Nursing & Patient Care Services at Massachusetts General Hospital since 1995. She also serves on diversity advisory committees for multiple nursing schools and led diversity committees for the National Black Nurses Association and the Future of Nursing: Campaign For Action. Ashley Beying is a nurse practitioner primarily caring for patients across the lifespan at the Waverly Medical Clinic, associated with the Coffey Health System in east-central Kansas. She also works at the Coffey County Health Department and provides well-woman care in that setting.
April 8, 2021

Vaccine Confidence: Nurses Turn Skepticism Into Action

Vaccine Confidence: Nurses Turn Skepticism Into Action is the first episode in a six-part At the Core of Care podcast series about building confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines. During this series, the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium hopes to support nurses and our communities participate in conversations to promote vaccine confidence and support public health.   During this series, we’ll hear from nurses across the country about their experiences with vaccines and vaccine deployment. In this episode, we start in our hometown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and talk with local nurses Monica Harmon and Maria Mazzocchi.   Monica brings her expertise as a public health nurse to many arenas, which include including a school nurse, adjunct faculty at Thomas Jefferson University and Lincoln University, and co-chair of the Nurse Diversity Council at the Pennsylvania Action Coalition. Maria is a public health nurse supervisor for the Philadelphia Nurse-Family Partnership at the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium, where she supports their public health nurse home visiting programs for families with children under the age of five.    Monica and Maria walk us through their decision-making process about why they decided to get vaccinated, including their initial hesitation. They also outline the steps nurses can take to become a vaccine ambassador.
March 22, 2021

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

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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