Population Health Learning Hub



  • Abstract An estimated 43% of the residents in Norfolk, Virginia experience a lack of affordable healthcare, education, and food accessibility, and an estimated 19.3% of Norfolk residents suffer from food insecurity in contrast to 11.2% statewide. In a comprehensive community needs assessment, 79% of survey participants reported eating less than the recommended five fruits and vegetables a day. To address these community gaps, our project will leverage existing partnerships with Eastern Virginia Medical School, the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia, and 2-1-1 Virginia to expand on assessment and referral services by a student-driven interprofessional practice clinic. The goals of this project are two-fold: 1) to build the capacity of undergraduate and graduate nursing students to collaborate in interprofessional care settings, and 2) to bridge education gaps to leverage existing community resources to address SDOH and food insecurity. The United States Department of Agriculture advises that food insecurity is a stronger indicator of chronic health issues than income. Non-medical circumstances such as housing, education, and income impact health and health disparities, yet health professions students have inadequate training in social determinants of health (SDOH) screening and addressing identified barriers to health equity. Partnerships with community organizations to improve the health of vulnerable populations familiarizes students with long-term, grassroots community and/or neighborhood efforts regarding health promotion and disease prevention, and provides opportunity to work as part of an interdisciplinary professional and lay team of health care advocates. Activities for this project include developing educational products to sustain community collaboration to address SDOH and food insecurity, educating baccalaureate nursing (BSN) students to assess SDOH with emphasis for this project on food insecurity to support completion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applications and other agency referrals, and facilitating an interprofessional practicum experience for BSN students that permits application of new knowledge in active community clinical environments under the mentorship of graduate nursing students.
  • Date/time Interval

  • 2018
  • Total Award Amount

  • $10,000.00
  • Contributor

  • Beth Tremblay   Investigator  
  • Jamela Martin   Investigator  
  • Pamela Sharp PhD, RN, CNS-BC   Investigator  
  • Tina Gustin   Investigator