At the Core of Care

At the Core of Care

Pennsylvania nurses innovating for their communities

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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

Refugee Healthcare Up-Close, Part 2: Lancaster

This story is the second of two episodes that focus on refugee healthcare and how nurses are improving their healthcare experience. In this episode, we travel to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to get a first-hand look at the city’s system for delivering care to refugees and how community stakeholders collaborate to address public health issues among refugees. We also learn about the challenges and rewards of delivering care to refugees and hear from nurses about the enormity of the responsibility they feel to deliver effective, culturally congruent care to patients who have endured so much.
July 10, 2020

Building Resiliency In The Nursing Workforce

In this special episode, we speak to Jillian Bird the RN training manager for the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium. Jillian emphasizes wellness and self-care as part of her role as the RN training manager, and she’s bringing a high level of compassion to how nursing can respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. She also shares how nurses across the country are coping during these times and how they are innovating along the way.
June 26, 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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