Community Health

Interprofessional Team Aims to Enhance Care of Frail Elder Population Across the Care Continuum

An interprofessional team from the Duke Schools of Medicine and Nursing, Duke Health System and Duke Health Technology Solutions collaborated to create 30 online continuing education modules to assist health care professionals in the care of the frail elder population.

Every day interprofessional teams come together to solve complex problems and provide the best possible care for their patients. Many of these teams work with older adults who have higher rates of multiple medical conditions, limited physical and cognitive abilities, and limited resources.  

D-CHIPP Partner Spotlight: Dementia Inclusive Durham

In June 2015, through the efforts of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and Adult Protective Services, residents of Durham came together to observe Elder Abuse Awareness Day – a day to raise awareness and hold conversations about the risk of elder abuse. The message focused on prevention and awareness for caregivers and the public—when abuse takes place and is not reported, the person(s) witnessing the event are also guilty of neglect or abuse. Group attendees were passionate and decided to continue the conversation about caring for the elderly and individuals living with dementia.

GWEP Program Fellow Provides Training to Guides of Nasher’s Tours

On a bright spring day, nurse practitioner Dakar Howell and physical therapist Lauren Waits met with a group of eight eager tour guides in a back room of Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art. They weren’t preparing for just any museum tour, however. The volunteers are to be guides in the Nasher’s Art Reflections Program for people living with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia.

D-CHIPP Community Partner Spotlight: Durham TRY

Twenty years ago, when Wanda Boone, DTh, executive director of Durham Together for Resilient Youth (Durham TRY) was working for a company that conducted drug screening tests for employers, she was concerned by the number of employees who were failing their tests. Boone was—and still is—the only African American to serve as a Senior Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs at the national level and co-created an instant drug screening test.

Bringing Population Health into Focus

Health care delivery in the United States is undergoing a paradigm shift, and Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) and Duke University Health System (DUHS), are on the forefront of that shift. Following a trend begun over the last several years by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), private insurers are starting to move away from fee-for-service and toward value-based care. This change in payer model parallels a shift toward a population health approach to health care.

D-CHIPP Partner Spotlight - Families Moving Forward

Formed in 2016 as a result of a merger between Genesis Home and Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network, Families Moving Forward (FMF) is a 90-day emergency shelter in Durham for families facing a housing crisis. In 2016, the federal government announced it would phase out support for transitional housing, spurring community organizations providing services to the homeless to come together to fight homelessness.

2018 Sickle Cell Disease Conference

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) will sponsor and host the 7th annual Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) “Educating and Connecting Sickle Cell Patients and Providers” conference on Friday, Sept. 7 through Saturday, Sept. 8. The conference is a joint effort with experts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, East Carolina University, Cone Health System, Virginia Commonwealth University, Atrium Health and the Pi Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority.

GWEP Addresses Needs in Local Community

With the number of geriatric specialized providers decreasing and the population of older adults increasing, it is becoming ever more important to educate primary care providers in geriatric care. According to the American Geriatric Society, 20,000 geriatricians are currently needed to care for over 14 million older adults, but as of 2016 there were only 7,293 certified geriatricians nationwide. As with physicians, many of the nation’s nurses lack expertise in elder care.

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