We aim to effectively address our community's high-priority health needs through these pathways:
Aimed primarily at cardiac and stroke challenges in Eastern Virginia, these initiatives focus on first response.
- Bystander CPR: Students research our region's difficulties surrounding cardiac arrest and teach Bystander CPR classes in the community.
- Community Stroke Awareness: Students research the regional challenges and teach Stroke Awareness and Response in the community, primarily in geriatric settings.
- Stop the Bleed: Students learn and teach the public lifesaving responses to bleeding emergencies.
Nutrition and Exercise
Diabetes and obesity are two prevalent issues in our region. Initiatives in this service pathway focus on nutrition and exercise.
Unfortunately, there are people in every region of our nation who have a difficult time accessing healthcare. Initiatives in this pathway focus on those who do not readily have access to healthcare.
- Environmental Health: Students research potential environmental sources of illness, such as harmful agents in air, water, food and soil, and propose solutions.
- HOPES Student Run Free Clinic: Students work in various capacities at this free clinic run by EVMS students.
- Mothers and Baby Mermaids: Students become navigators with young mothers to help them journey through the pregnancy experience.
- Telehealth Access for All: Students work to build capacity and expand teleservices for residents across public housing communities in Eastern Virginia.
- Street Health: Students work with Norfolk's Office to End Homelessness to find and conduct initial health screening for the community's unsheltered homeless population.
- #757 WeCare Clinic: Student will lead interprofessiona teams to create and implement a pop-up clinic in the public housing communities of Norfolk, Va to educate, diagnose, and treat cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular disease risk factors.
The Elderly and Chronically Ill
The elderly represent a rapidly growing demographic in Eastern Virginia. Initiatives in this pathway focus on the elderly, chronically ill or disabled.
- Beyond Clinic Walls: Students work with Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia and visit elderly residents, identifying and responding to their needs.
- Hospice: Students explore the role of interdisciplinary teams in the treatment of hospice patients and Advance Care Planning procedures.
Virginia has a population of approximately 8.3 million people with close to 20% of adults in Virginia having been diagnosed with some type of mential and illness and approximately 5% living with serious mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, biopolar disorder, and/or major depression.
- Beat of My Heart: Students lead music and dance enrichment sessions for patients at the CHKD Cancer and Blood Disorders Center to facilitate human and social connection.
- Health and Justice: Students will learn about the various pathways from criminal justice involvement and the different healthcare services available through pre- and post-release.
- REVIVE!: Students will lead REVIVE! trainings to increase community awareness and readiness as well as lead research projects to better define Hampton Roads opioid’s crisis and barriers to care.
Global Health Equity
Global health inequities become local health issues quickly. This service pathway places students in the context of some of these locally-felt global issues.
- Medical French: Students work with French-speaking patients and earn a French Clinician Certification through Alliance Française.
- Medical Spanish: Students work with Spanish-speaking patients and earn a Spanish Bilingual Clinician Certification.
- Refugee Health: Students work with local refugees and refugee service organizations.