Students demonstrate the portable ultrasound.

M. Foscue Brock Institute for Community and Global Health

Integrating EVMS’ 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 EVMS’ clinical, educational and research programs, the Brock Institute aims 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 Brock Institute collaboratively leads stakeholders within EVMS and throughout the region to achieve goals that measurably improve the health of Eastern Virginia. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about the work we do.

“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.”

Felicia Mebane, PhD, MSPH
Executive Director of Public Health Initiatives

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 Brock Institute allows EVMS to expand and deepen our impact on both local and global health issues.

Macon and Joan Brock

Our mission

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Develop future leaders

Train the next generation of community-minded physicians and health professionals.

Engage our students

Offer meaningful learning, research and scholarship experiences.

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Set an example

Become a model for other medical schools throughout the country.

Get involved in the community through an event or activity with the Brock Institute.

Fostering a commitment to service

During Community Impact Day, incoming EVMS students help P.B. Young, Sr., Elementary School prepare for the new school year. The elementary school is located in Young Terrace, a subsidized housing community that is among the poorest 1 percent of neighborhoods in the nation.

Students work alongside faculty as they decorate the school, organize classrooms and assemble backpacks with donated school supplies.

Advancing community health

The Schroeder Center-Brock Institute (SC-BI) Summer Fellowship encourages student-faculty research related to health policy analysis as well as health services and community health research.

Fellows work closely with faculty and engage with other students as they study clinical research priorities that have the potential to impact community health.

Dr. Cynthia Romero stands with three Schroeder Center-Brock Institute Summer fellows.
Dr. Romero at the Brock Institute Mental Health Summit.

Addressing mental health and addiction

The Brock Institute collaborates with mental health advocates to improve mental health care.

Each year, we host a summit that convenes mental health advocates throughout the community to facilitate a discussion about gaps in mental health services and discover ways to provide more efficient and effective care. Past summits have focused on veterans’ needs and the opioid epidemic.

Learn from international scholars who are finding new and innovative ways to reduce health disparities and increase cultural competency.