UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing goes mobile to provide help to the chronically ill
The University of North Carolina School of Nursing teams up with local church and charities to provide easy access to care and health information for the chronically ill
(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Dec. 18, 2015) – Beginning in the new year, residents of Western Wake County suffering from chronic illness will have a new place to turn to for quality nursing care and support.
Aided by grant funding from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Cary, the UNC School of Nursing is launching a mobile healthcare program designed to bring much-needed nursing care to individuals with chronic illness who access services at Dorcas Ministries and Western Wake Crisis Ministry. Both locations already provide crisis services to at-risk residents, and the mobile clinic will allow for convenient — and cost-saving — access to quality healthcare.
In a survey of the ministries’ clients, 73 percent reported at least one chronic illness. The School of Nursing aims to serve that population with mobile healthcare clinics one day a week beginning in January 2016. These nurse-led, nurse-run clinics will provide free health assessment, as well as education and materials to help patients manage their own health needs. With regular checkups and better disease management, chronically ill patients can improve their long-term health outlook and avoid costly emergency room visits and ambulance services.
“This project allows the UNC School of Nursing to represent the ‘University of the people, for the people’ in a very practical way,” said Marianne Cockroft, assistant professor and director of the mobile healthcare program. “As nurses, we are uniquely equipped to address many healthcare needs within our community. We are grateful to Christ the King Lutheran Church and these local ministries for granting us the means to serve these vulnerable populations in a way that is easily accessible for them.”
UNC-Chapel Hill nursing faculty and students, alongside nurse volunteers, will staff the clinics. They will be available at Dorcas Ministries and Western Wake Crisis Ministries on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. alternating sites each week, operating from a specially outfitted van that includes a small exam room, state-of-the-art equipment and medical supplies.
“We are so grateful to be part of this milestone in chronic disease management in our community,” said Howard Manning, executive director of Dorcas Ministries. “The care provided to our clients by the faculty and students of the UNC School of Nursing is sure to alleviate suffering and stress, and to promote better health and quality of life. We are thrilled for them to have free, easy access to this service.”
About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 308,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing
The School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has long been renowned for its academic programs, groundbreaking research and commitment to clinical and community service both local and global. It was established in 1950 in response to the overwhelming need for nurses in North Carolina and was the first nursing school in the state to offer a four-year bachelor’s degree (1950), a master’s degree in nursing (1955), continuing education for nurses (1964), a PhD in nursing (1989), and an accelerated bachelor’s degree option for second degree students (2001).
School of Nursing contact: Kelly Kirby, (919) 843-8566, Kelly_kirby@unc.edu
Dorcas Ministries Contact: Howard Manning, (919) 469-1351 ext. 104, firstname.lastname@example.org
UNC Communications and Public Affairs contact: Thania Benios, (919) 962-8596, email@example.com