The Nursing Center for Community Health
The Nursing Center for Community Health, an academic nursing center, opened in 1982 as one of the first nurse managed centers in the United States. Non emergency, episodic, primary care is provided by collaborating physicians from The Family Medicine Program at Akron General Medical Center and nurse practitioners to community residents who do not have health insurance. Through its longstanding involvement in the community the Nursing Center for Community Health has established satellite clinics In Channelwood Village through Alpha Phi Alpha Housing program in Callis Tower, The Haven of Rest, The Care Clinic at Bridges and the Care Clinic at ACCESS, Inc. The Nursing Clinics are AHEC (Area Health Education Center) clinical education sites for health profession students.
Our mission is to provide service to the University community as well as the underserved and vulnerable populations in the local community, to provide clinical education for undergraduate and graduate nursing students, medical students, residents and other health professionals, and to generate and share clinical research.
The Nursing Center Clinic located in the School of Nursing is the health home to many uninsured in the community by appointment only. Non emergency, episodic primary care is available on specified clinic days by appointment only.
Primary care is provided through a holistic caring process. Advanced practice nurses work with the clients to assess patterns, problems and needs, to manage chronic illnesses and promote wellness.
Foster Grandparent Program
The Foster Grandparent program provides volunteer opportunities for persons 60 and older to serve children and teenagers who have special needs. Foster grandparents help young people achieve personal independence and self confidence. Foster Grandparents receive their annual physical exams at our clinic in Mary Gladwin Hall on The University of Akron campus.
Oral Health to the vulnerable underserved has been a mission of the Nursing Center for a decade. Nursing faculty, through external funding, have brought dental care and oral health screening to the vulnerable and uninsured.
The Nursing Center for Community Health provides a rich educational opportunity for University graduate nursing students, undergraduate nursing students, medical students, residents, and students from other health care professions to work in a community ambulatory care environment. Students are mentored by interdisciplinary faculty who serve as role models while providing culturally sensitive patient care. Mentored research experiences are available on an individual basis.