Community-Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults
The mission of the Duquesne University School of Nursing Community-Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults (Health & Wellness Center) is to provide wellness oriented health care services to vulnerable populations. The goal is to deliver holistic and culturally competent care that promotes health, functioning, and quality of life. The Health & Wellness Center provides opportunities for interdisciplinary care experiences, service and research for students and faculty from the University. In all aspects of care, the uniqueness and strengths of the community and of each individual receiving care are maximized and respected. Confidentiality and awareness of each individual’s rights to choose are maintained.
- 1994 - School of Nursing faculty established the first Nurse-Managed Wellness Center site in St. Justin Plaza, a high-rise apartment building for older adults in Mt. Washington.
- 1995 - A second site was established in K. Leroy Irvis Tower, a high-rise apartment building, in the Hill District.
- 2004 - A third site was established in the South Side Senior Center.
- Five additional sites across the city, and one at Ormsby Manor in Mt Oliver, were established in collaboration with the SeniorInterests Program of the City of Pittsburgh.
- The Sheraden Senior Center is the most recent addition to the sites.
- In 2013 the name Nurse-Managed Wellness Center was changed to the Community Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults
The Community-Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults (formerly the Nurse-Managed Wellness Center) has received funding through the following:
- Duquesne University School of Nursing
- Housing and Urban Development Fund
- Presbyterian-University Hospital Nurse' Alumnae Association
- Community-Based Health Care Assistance Grant for Resources
- Ryan Memorial Foundation funded the RN+WIN Project.
- Pennsylvania Housing Finance Corporation
- Tobacco Settlement Act Grants Award for Resources
- Birmingham Foundation South Side Region Resources
- City of Pittsburgh, Citiparks SeniorInterests
- Geriatric Demonstration Project National Nursing Centers Consortium
- PA Department of Community and Economic Development
- Ryan Memorial Foundation
- Jewish Health Care Foundation
- UPMC Health Plan, Inc.
- PG Publishing Company Pittsburgh Post- Gazette
- United Way of Allegheny County
- Provide nursing and health science students with community-based, cross cultural health care experiences
- Provide health promotion/disease prevention activities
- Improve functioning and quality of life.
- Delay or aid in the prevention of complications from chronic health conditions
- Facilitate self-management of health
- Increase participation in Center activities
- Promote more appropriate use of the health care system
- Increase the ability of clients to live independently for longer periods of time
- Deliver culturally competent care by interdisciplinary health care providers
- Develop a model that can be replicated in other high-rises and community sites
- Document outcomes that can be applied to other populations
The Community-Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults is a Contributor Choice Agency with United Way of Allegheny County
In 2012, the Community-Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adultsbecame a new Contributor Choice agency for the United Way of Allegheny County. The center meets the mission statement by providing disease prevention, health promotion, and wellness services to community dwelling vulnerable older adults in Allegheny County. Contributions to the Duquesne University School of Nursing Community-Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults can be made through the United Way of Allegheny County by directing your United Way donation to Contributor Choice agency (#11014206) or writing in The Duquesne University School of Nursing Community-Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults.
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