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Community-Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults

Mission

The mission of the Duquesne University School of Nursing Community-Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults (Health & Wellness Center) is to provide wellness oriented health care services to vulnerable populations. The goal is to deliver holistic and culturally competent care that promotes health, functioning, and quality of life. The Health & Wellness Center provides opportunities for interdisciplinary care experiences, service and research for students and faculty from the University. In all aspects of care, the uniqueness and strengths of the community and of each individual receiving care are maximized and respected. Confidentiality and awareness of each individual’s rights to choose are maintained.

Background

  • 1994 - School of Nursing faculty established the first Nurse-Managed Wellness Center site in St. Justin Plaza, a high-rise apartment building for older adults in Mt. Washington.
  • 1995 - A second site was established in K. Leroy Irvis Tower, a high-rise apartment building, in the Hill District.
  • 2004 - A third site was established in the South Side Senior Center.
  • Five additional sites across the city, and one at Ormsby Manor in Mt Oliver, were established in collaboration with the SeniorInterests Program of the City of Pittsburgh.
  • The Sheraden Senior Center is the most recent addition to the sites.
  • In 2013 the name Nurse-Managed Wellness Center was changed to the Community Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults

The Community-Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults (formerly the Nurse-Managed Wellness Center) has received funding through the following:

  • Duquesne University School of Nursing
  • Housing and Urban Development Fund
  • Presbyterian-University Hospital Nurse' Alumnae Association   
  • Community-Based Health Care Assistance Grant for Resources
  • Ryan Memorial Foundation funded the RN+WIN Project.
  • Pennsylvania Housing Finance Corporation
  • Tobacco Settlement Act Grants Award for Resources
  • Birmingham Foundation South Side Region Resources
  • City of Pittsburgh, Citiparks SeniorInterests 
  • Geriatric Demonstration Project National Nursing Centers Consortium
  • PA Department of Community and Economic Development
  • Ryan Memorial Foundation
  • Jewish Health Care Foundation
  • UPMC Health Plan, Inc.
  • PG Publishing Company Pittsburgh Post- Gazette
  • United Way of Allegheny County

Goals

  • Provide nursing and health science students with community-based, cross cultural health care experiences
  • Provide health promotion/disease prevention activities
  • Improve functioning and quality of life.
  • Delay or aid in the prevention of complications from chronic health conditions
  • Facilitate self-management of health
  • Increase participation in Center activities
  • Promote more appropriate use of the health care system
  • Increase the ability of clients to live independently for longer periods of time
  • Deliver culturally competent care by interdisciplinary health care providers
  • Develop a model that can be replicated in other high-rises and community sites
  • Document outcomes that can be applied to other populations

The Community-Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults is a Contributor Choice Agency with United Way of Allegheny County

In 2012, the Community-Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adultsbecame a new Contributor Choice agency for the United Way of Allegheny County. The center meets the mission statement by providing disease prevention, health promotion, and wellness services to community dwelling vulnerable older adults in Allegheny County. Contributions to the Duquesne University School of Nursing Community-Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults can be made through the United Way of Allegheny County by directing your United Way donation to Contributor Choice agency (#11014206) or writing in The Duquesne University School of Nursing Community-Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults.

Read more about the United Way of Allegheny County

Services/Programs

The Community-Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults offers the following services at their 10 locations:

  • Blood pressure screening
  • Health screening
  • Functional/safety assessments
  • Chair exercises
  • Brown bag medicine review days
  • Nutrition education programs
  • Health education programs

Some examples of special programs are:

  • Computer classes
  • Health Fairs
  • Annual Flu Shot Clinics
  • The Container Garden Project (in collaboration with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and local farmers)
  • Walk & Win Programs
  • Weigh-In & Win Programs
  • Senior Nutrition Programs
  • Movie nights
Locations

Hours

One to two days a week, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, in accordance with the academic calendar.

Staffing

- Graduate and undergraduate nursing students during clinical practice experiences

- RN+WIN volunteers under the direction of faculty members who are family nurse practitioners

ST. JUSTIN PLAZA
120 Boggs Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15211
(412)381-3957

Photo of St. Justin Plaza

K. LEROY IRVIS TOWERS
715 Mercer Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Photo of K. Leroy Irvis

SOUTH SIDE SENIOR CENTER
1200 Bingham St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Photo of South Side Senior Center

MT. WASHINGTON SENIOR CENTER
122 Virginia Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15211

Photo of Mt. Washington Senior Center

HOMEWOOD SENIOR CENTER
7321 Frankstown Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Photo of Homewood Senior Center

HAZELWOOD SENIOR CENTER
5344 Second Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15207

Photo of Hazelwood Senior Center

NORTH SIDE SENIOR CENTER
1 E. Allegheny Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Photo of North side Senior Center

GREENFIELD SENIOR CENTER
745 Greenfield Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Greenfield Senior Center

ORMSBY MANOR
112 Ormsby Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15210

Ormsby Manor

SHERADEN CENTER
720 Sherwood Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15204

Sheraden Center
Contact Us

Lenore Resick, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, FAANP
Clinical Professor
Noble J. Dick Endowed Chair in Community Outreach
Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty - MSN Program
Executive Director, Community-Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults        
412-396-5228     
resick@duq.edu

Maureen Leonardo, MN, CRNP, CNE, FNP-BC
Clinical Associate Professor
Manager, Community-Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults        
412-396-6539    
leonardo@duq.edu  

Penny Johnson, Administrative Assistant        
412-396-4961            
johnson70@duq.edu

Campus Administrative Office
311 Fisher Hall
600 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

nmwc@duq.edu
For Office Hours please call 412-396-1845

Awards

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2014 Jefferson Award for Best Volunteer Group in the Pittsburgh Region awarded to the Retired Nurses Working in Neighborhoods (RN+WIN) program
  • 2013 Proclamation from the City of Pittsburgh, Office of the Mayor for National Senior Center Month
  • 2012 Community-Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults is recognized as one of the first member nursing centers at the national Nursing Center Consortium Tenth Anniversary Celebration
  • 2012 Proclamation from the City of Pittsburgh, Office of the Mayor for National Senior Center Month
  • 2012 Invitation to Dr. Resick to be the Keynote Speaker at Seoul National University
  • 2011 National Nursing Centers Consortium Certificate of Recognition for 17 years of consecutive service (one of the longest sustainable academic nurse-managed wellness center models in the United States
  • 2010 Proclamation from the City of Pittsburgh, Office of the Mayor for service to older adults
  • 2005 Proclamation from Pittsburgh City Council for contributions to the City of Pittsburgh by the Community-Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults
  • 1999 - Best Practice Award from HUD Neighborhood Networks awarded to St. Justin Plaza site
  • 1997 Champion Award from the Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania in recognition of the work at St. Justin Plaza and K. Leroy Irvis Towers for excellence and impact in improving community health
  • 1997 - Adoption of the Duquesne University School of Nursing Community-Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults Model by the Butler Visiting Nurses Association with subsequent opening of three sites
  • 1996 - Archon Award by Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society

The Community-Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults (formerly the Nurse-Managed Wellness Center) is one of the original member centers of the National Nursing Centers Consortium.

    RN+WIN

    RN+WIN logoSince 2006, the volunteers of the Retired Nurses Working in Neighborhoods (RN+WIN)  program have given their time and expertise to providing disease prevention, health promotion and wellness services to the elderly living in Pittsburgh communities. These services are provided in conjunction with the Duquesne University School of Nursing Community-Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults (formerly the Nurse-Managed Wellness Center) which collaborates with the city of Pittsburgh to provide services in seven CitiParks Senior Centers and three apartment buildings.

    During the past seven years, the volunteer nurses have taught older adults the skills needed to live independently, as well as how to prevent potentially fatal health situations and conditions. The nurses have built strong relationships with their patients and are able to call attention to any of their subtle health changes. Some of the volunteers are still full-time nurses who dedicate at least one to two mornings per month to help out with these patients.

    Download more information on becoming an RN+WIN volunteer.

    Article on RN+WIN Program

    Read the Pittsburgh Senior News article "RN+WIN program is win-win for retired nurses and the older adults they serve"