Health and Wellness in Aging Populations
The Health and Wellness in Aging Populations Transdisciplinary Core addresses problems of older and disabled adults “aging in place” within low-income senior housing apartment buildings and surrounding neighborhoods in urban Richmond, Virginia. Many of the issues impacting the health and welfare of this primarily African-American population are related to social determinants of health and health disparities.
Enhancing the daily social and health aspects of older adults
This core focuses on the development of an interprofessional education and collaborative care practice model providing enhanced care coordination, education, medication and chronic disease counseling within senior apartment buildings in Richmond.
Transdisciplinary core team
- Pamela Parsons, Ph.D., RN, GNP-BC
- Director of practice and community engagement, Judith B. Collins and Joseph M. Teefey distinguished professor, and associate professor, Department of Family and Community Health Nursing, School of Nursing
Dr. Parsons is responsible for leading the overall team effort. She brings expertise in primary care, interprofessional team development and geriatrics to the work of the core.
- Patricia Slattum, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
- Director of the Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Program, Victor A. Yanchick professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science, School of Pharmacy
Dr. Slattum is responsible for pipeline programs, faculty mentoring and community partnerships. She brings expertise in geriatrics, team science and pharmacy practice to the work of the core.
- Alan Dow, M.D., M.S.H.A.
- Seymour and Ruth Perlin professor of internal medicine and health administration, School of Medicine, and assistant vice president of health sciences for interprofessional education and collaborative care
Dr. Dow is responsible for aligning the core’s interprofessional education and collaborative practice within the context of the university’s broader initiatives. He brings expertise in interprofessional education and primary care to the work of the core.
- Elvin T. Price, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
- Associate professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy & Outcomes Science
Dr. Price will focus on personalized medicine and pharmacogenetics research within underserved populations. He is a clinician scientist with interests in improving the pharmacotherapeutic outcomes associated with treating chronic diseases in older adults.
- Ethlyn McQueen-Gibson, D.N.P., M.S.N., RN-BC
- Clinical assistant professor, Department of Family & Community Health Nursing, School of Nursing
McQueen-Gibson brings clinical expertise in the area of geriatric care. Her doctorate studies focused on developing community-based interventions for custodial African-American grandmothers caring for their grandchildren. Her role with the Core will focus on program development and implementation through clinical service and effective collaboration with community partners.
- Faika Zanjani, Ph.D.
- Associate professor, Department of Gerontology, School of Allied Health Professions
Dr. Zanjani will focus on research development and evidence-based community programing within gerontological, public health, and behavioral health principles. She brings expertise in human development, health behaviors, mental health/substance misuse, and community intervention research contexts to the existing work of the core.
- Kelechi C. Ogbonna, Pharm.D., M.S.H.A., B.C.G.P.
- Associate dean for admissions and student services, associate professor in Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science, School of Pharmacy
Dr. Ogbonna is responsible for residency integration, clinical operations and program development. He brings expertise in geriatrics, health administration and pharmacy practice to the work of the core.
- Kripali B. Patel, Pharm.D.
- PGY2 geriatric care resident, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science, School of Pharmacy
Dr. Patel is a resident pharmacist with experience in areas of community pharmacy management and implementation of clinical pharmacy services. Her research interests include chronic care management, pharmacogenomics and social determinants of health.
- Lana Sargent, Ph.D., M.S.N., RN, FNP-C, GNP-BC
- Assistant professor, Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems
Dr. Sargent will focus on research to improve physical function and cognitive health outcomes for underserved older adults. As a clinician scientist and former NIH/NIA fellow she brings clinical expertise and unique skills in supervised machine learning and bioinformatics.
- Meghan Gough, M.U.R.P., Ph.D.
- Associate professor and program chair, Urban and Regional Studies/Planning, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
Dr. Gough is responsible for ensuring the local and regional planning efforts for the urban community are integrated in core programs and activities. She brings expertise in urban planning, policy and advocacy to the work of the core.
- Tracey Gendron, M.S., Ph.D.
- Associate professor and vice chair, Department of Gerontology, School of Allied Health Professions
Dr. Gendron is responsible for ensuring the application of gerontological principles in the core’s education and service-delivery activities. She brings expertise in gerontology, psychology, optimal aging and community-based programs to the work of the core.
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