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M. Foscue Brock Institute for Community and Global Health

Integrating clinical, educational and research programs to fulfill the institution's vision of becoming the most community-oriented school of medicine and health professions in the nation.

The Brock Institute is an essential community stakeholder to address factors influencing the health of individuals, families, and the most at-risk communities. Integrating the clinical, educational and research programs of Macon & Joan Brock Virginia Health Sciences at Old Dominion University to fulfill the institution's vision of becoming the most community-oriented school of medicine and health professions in the nation.

Through strategic prioritization and partnership, the Institute collaboratively leads stakeholders within Brock Virginia Health Sciences and throughout the region to achieve goals that measurably improve the health of eastern Virginia.

“The Brock Institute's experience as a respected convener, trusted collaborator and strategic catalyst for action has already inspired NSU teams to expand engagement with different approaches to health equity. As Norfolk State University works to enhance its public health footprint and impact, I am confident that its partnership with the Brock Institute will continue to be beneficial. The Brock Institute is an invaluable resource for this region.”

Our history

The Brock Institute was established by a donation from philanthropists Macon F. Brock Jr., the late co-founder and chair of Dollar Tree Inc., and his wife, Joan Brock. The institute is named for M. Foscue Brock Sr., who was a physician and dedicated volunteer in the community.

The Institute allows Brock Virginia Health Sciences to expand and deepen our impact on both local and global health issues.

Macon and Joan Brock

Our mission

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Respected convener

The Brock Institute provides opportunities across our focus areas to bring together the regions most impactful organizations to affect change.

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Trusted collaborator

Our partners know that when the Brock Institute is at the table, we take an active role in leading, promoting, and supporting the work being done.

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Strategic catalyst

We are proud to align key partners and initiatives in a way that increases the impact and capacity of each project.

Our focus areas

Advancing Infant and Maternal Health Services

Pregnant women from low socioeconomic and under-resourced circumstances have poorer birth outcomes.

Since pregnancy is the gateway to future health of both mother and baby, we aim to increase awareness and access to resources to ensure a healthy pregnancy, delivery, and transition to successful home life. 

Minus 9 to 5: Minus 9 to 5 is a network of cross-sector stakeholders committed to creating an impact on children and their families from conception to kindergarten.

Substance Use Disorder in Pregnant and Parenting Women (SUDPPW} Collaborative: Leaders from across healthcare systems, higher education, and direct service agencies come together to align services and resources for pregnant and parenting women experiencing substance use disorder.

Cultivating Mental Health and Addiction Services

In the United States, nearly 9 million people have both a mental illness and substance use problem.

The Macon and Joan Brock Virginia Health Sciences at Old Dominion University Brock Institute works on several initiatives to address these issues throughout Eastern Virginia, with a goal of increasing access to quality services and resources, providing community education,  and aligning the mental healthcare delivery system. 

Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women and their infants with Opioid Use Disorder: In partnership with EVMS Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the Brock Institute hosted training targeted at teaching health care providers how to treat pregnant and parenting women with opioid use disorder.

Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT): In partnership with Bon Secours, the Brock Institute hosted a training on the SBIRT model of screening and how to utilize it in a variety of settings.

Joint Mental Health Summit: This annual event engages stakeholders in discussions regarding gaps in services and developing strategies to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Mental Health Working Groups: Brock institute engages key stakeholders to clarify issues and begin the process of developing tangible and pragmatic solutions to address mental health in Eastern Virginia.

Mentally Healthy Hampton Roads: This collaborative produces a pocket resource guide of local mental health, substance use, and suicide prevention services in Hampton Roads, and engages the community in conversation on these topics.

Highlight Major Health Disparities and Equity

Health Disparities are inequitable and are directly related to the historical and current unequal distribution of social, political, economic, and environmental resources.

The Macon and Joan Brock Virginia Health Sciences at Old Dominion University Brock Institute provides opportunities to further educate and expand knowledge of Health Disparity/Equity for Eastern Virginia. The Brock Institute provides opportunities to further educate and expand knowledge of Health Disparity/Equity for Eastern Virginia.

Greater Hampton Roads Population Health Summit: This annual event gathers individuals from a variety of backgrounds, agencies, and organizations to address significant health issues and discuss how to help the region become a healthier community.

Brock Institute Glennan Lecture: The Brock Institute Glennan Lecture series seeks to offer insights on how challenges in geriatric academic research can be addressed through various interventions and disciplines.

Brock Institute Educational Sessions: The Institute invites scholars from across the nation to discuss the work that they are doing that inspires new and innovative ways to decrease health disparities and increase cultural competency.

HEI FAQ (HEI): The HEI tool is set up to collect data on programs focusing on: 1) improving community health and/or 2) narrowing unjust, systematic differences in health. EVMS was chosen to participate in the 2022 pilot program.

Asian American Health Disparities: These activities address bias and microaggressions as well as the community health needs of Asian Americans.

Regional Cancer Disparities Collaborative: This group provides education around various cancers at community events and through lectures, with a special focus on addressing disparities in prevention, screening, and treatment.

Advancing Infant and Maternal Health Services

Pregnant women from low socioeconomic and under-resourced circumstances have poorer birth outcomes.

Cultivating Mental Health and Addiction Services

In the United States, nearly 9 million people have both a mental illness and substance use problem.

Since pregnancy is the gateway to future health of both mother and baby, we aim to increase awareness and access to resources to ensure a healthy pregnancy, delivery, and transition to successful home life. 

Minus 9 to 5: Minus 9 to 5 is a network of cross-sector stakeholders committed to creating an impact on children and their families from conception to kindergarten.

Substance Use Disorder in Pregnant and Parenting Women (SUDPPW} Collaborative: Leaders from across healthcare systems, higher education, and direct service agencies come together to align services and resources for pregnant and parenting women experiencing substance use disorder.

Highlight Major Health Disparities and Equity

Health Disparities are inequitable and are directly related to the historical and current unequal distribution of social, political, economic, and environmental resources.

Advancing Infant and Maternal Health Services

Pregnant women from low socioeconomic and under-resourced circumstances have poorer birth outcomes.

Cultivating Mental Health and Addiction Services

In the United States, nearly 9 million people have both a mental illness and substance use problem.

Highlight Major Health Disparities and Equity

Health Disparities are inequitable and are directly related to the historical and current unequal distribution of social, political, economic, and environmental resources.

Since pregnancy is the gateway to future health of both mother and baby, we aim to increase awareness and access to resources to ensure a healthy pregnancy, delivery, and transition to successful home life. 

Minus 9 to 5: Minus 9 to 5 is a network of cross-sector stakeholders committed to creating an impact on children and their families from conception to kindergarten.

Substance Use Disorder in Pregnant and Parenting Women (SUDPPW} Collaborative: Leaders from across healthcare systems, higher education, and direct service agencies come together to align services and resources for pregnant and parenting women experiencing substance use disorder.

The Macon and Joan Brock Virginia Health Sciences at Old Dominion University Brock Institute works on several initiatives to address these issues throughout Eastern Virginia, with a goal of increasing access to quality services and resources, providing community education,  and aligning the mental healthcare delivery system. 

Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women and their infants with Opioid Use Disorder: In partnership with EVMS Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the Brock Institute hosted training targeted at teaching health care providers how to treat pregnant and parenting women with opioid use disorder.

Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT): In partnership with Bon Secours, the Brock Institute hosted a training on the SBIRT model of screening and how to utilize it in a variety of settings.

Joint Mental Health Summit: This annual event engages stakeholders in discussions regarding gaps in services and developing strategies to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Mental Health Working Groups: Brock institute engages key stakeholders to clarify issues and begin the process of developing tangible and pragmatic solutions to address mental health in Eastern Virginia.

Mentally Healthy Hampton Roads: This collaborative produces a pocket resource guide of local mental health, substance use, and suicide prevention services in Hampton Roads, and engages the community in conversation on these topics.

The Macon and Joan Brock Virginia Health Sciences at Old Dominion University Brock Institute provides opportunities to further educate and expand knowledge of Health Disparity/Equity for Eastern Virginia. The Brock Institute provides opportunities to further educate and expand knowledge of Health Disparity/Equity for Eastern Virginia.

Greater Hampton Roads Population Health Summit: This annual event gathers individuals from a variety of backgrounds, agencies, and organizations to address significant health issues and discuss how to help the region become a healthier community.

Brock Institute Glennan Lecture: The Brock Institute Glennan Lecture series seeks to offer insights on how challenges in geriatric academic research can be addressed through various interventions and disciplines.

Brock Institute Educational Sessions: The Institute invites scholars from across the nation to discuss the work that they are doing that inspires new and innovative ways to decrease health disparities and increase cultural competency.

HEI FAQ (HEI): The HEI tool is set up to collect data on programs focusing on: 1) improving community health and/or 2) narrowing unjust, systematic differences in health. EVMS was chosen to participate in the 2022 pilot program.

Asian American Health Disparities: These activities address bias and microaggressions as well as the community health needs of Asian Americans.

Regional Cancer Disparities Collaborative: This group provides education around various cancers at community events and through lectures, with a special focus on addressing disparities in prevention, screening, and treatment.

Fostering a commitment to community service and advancing health

The Macon and Joan Brock Virginia Health Sciences at Old Dominion University Brock Institute is proud to support projects that introduce students to local issues relating to social justice, health equity and determinants of health.

Community Impact Day: Incoming medical and health professions students participate in a community service event at P.B. Young, Sr., Elementary School. Community Impact Day provides experiential learning to new EVMS students as they work alongside EVMS senior leaders to prepare the school for the new academic year.

Collaborative grant funding

Funding for the Institute allows us to raise the awareness of the complexities related to health and healthcare disparities, and the importance of interdisciplinary teamwork within and beyond EVMS.

Person Centered Pathway for Substance Use Dependence in Pregnant and Parenting Women: In 2022, EVMS, ODU, and NSU were awarded $1.5 Million dollars to develop a comprehensive pathway for treating substance use disorder in pregnant and parenting women and their families through the intervention framework.

Engaging students through research and community partnership

The Brock Institute is committed to offering meaningful learning, research, and scholarship experiences that help train the next generation of community-minded health professionals.

Schroeder Center-Brock Institute (SC-BI) Summer Fellowship: This fellowship supports research activities on campus research related to health policy analysis and health services.

MPH Students Practicum Project: Brock Institute hosts MPH students to complete projects related to public health issues and to apply the competencies, knowledge and skills they have acquired through their public health course work.

Summer Scholars: This competitive summer program is open to college seniors (rising or graduating) and first- or second-year graduate or medical students who are exploring potential careers in medical, biomedical, public health or behavioral research.

Fostering a commitment to community service and advancing health

The Macon and Joan Brock Virginia Health Sciences at Old Dominion University Brock Institute is proud to support projects that introduce students to local issues relating to social justice, health equity and determinants of health.

Collaborative grant funding

Funding for the Institute allows us to raise the awareness of the complexities related to health and healthcare disparities, and the importance of interdisciplinary teamwork within and beyond EVMS.

Community Impact Day: Incoming medical and health professions students participate in a community service event at P.B. Young, Sr., Elementary School. Community Impact Day provides experiential learning to new EVMS students as they work alongside EVMS senior leaders to prepare the school for the new academic year.

Engaging students through research and community partnership

The Brock Institute is committed to offering meaningful learning, research, and scholarship experiences that help train the next generation of community-minded health professionals.

Fostering a commitment to community service and advancing health

The Macon and Joan Brock Virginia Health Sciences at Old Dominion University Brock Institute is proud to support projects that introduce students to local issues relating to social justice, health equity and determinants of health.

Collaborative grant funding

Funding for the Institute allows us to raise the awareness of the complexities related to health and healthcare disparities, and the importance of interdisciplinary teamwork within and beyond EVMS.

Engaging students through research and community partnership

The Brock Institute is committed to offering meaningful learning, research, and scholarship experiences that help train the next generation of community-minded health professionals.

Community Impact Day: Incoming medical and health professions students participate in a community service event at P.B. Young, Sr., Elementary School. Community Impact Day provides experiential learning to new EVMS students as they work alongside EVMS senior leaders to prepare the school for the new academic year.

Person Centered Pathway for Substance Use Dependence in Pregnant and Parenting Women: In 2022, EVMS, ODU, and NSU were awarded $1.5 Million dollars to develop a comprehensive pathway for treating substance use disorder in pregnant and parenting women and their families through the intervention framework.

Schroeder Center-Brock Institute (SC-BI) Summer Fellowship: This fellowship supports research activities on campus research related to health policy analysis and health services.

MPH Students Practicum Project: Brock Institute hosts MPH students to complete projects related to public health issues and to apply the competencies, knowledge and skills they have acquired through their public health course work.

Summer Scholars: This competitive summer program is open to college seniors (rising or graduating) and first- or second-year graduate or medical students who are exploring potential careers in medical, biomedical, public health or behavioral research.

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