The Duquesne University Center for Integrative Health (DUCIH) is committed to improving the health and wellness of our campus and neighboring communities through interdisciplinary practice, teaching and research. We provide chronic disease prevention and management programs from pediatrics through adulthood; and our students are trained in an interdisciplinary teaching, research and service model. The employee and student clinic is a provider of disease prevention and management services for the Duquesne University campus community. Community Health Initiatives include several community-based health programs, in collaboration with a diverse group of community partners, to meet residents where they are, decrease disease disparity, and promote health equity in Pittsburgh and surrounding communities. DUCIH programs focus on problems that have a high cost, high burden and significant racial disparity.

The DUCIH supports meaningful engagement with patients, communities and stakeholders to facilitate research that not only will improve health outcomes but the overall health care system.


The mission of the Center for Integrative Healthcare is to train the next generation of practitioners who will address rural and urban health care disparities and thereby improve health equity in the Pittsburgh region and beyond.


  • Establish and sustain Duquesne University as a nationally recognized model for integrative health and community-based care
  • Provide opportunities for interdisciplinary practice, teaching and research engagements
  • Engage students in population health and community-based teaching and research experiences to promote health equity in our region


Featured Programs

Asthma care

Asthma Care

Free Asthma Care available at the following eligible locations: Clairton City School District, Propel Hazelwood, South Allegheny Elementary, Woodland Hills Edgewood Elementary, Woodland Hills Wilkins Elementary

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Bridges to health

Bridges To Health (B2H)

Bridges to Health (B2H) is a sustainable, multi-sector partnership that proposes a trauma-informed, community-driven, and community-based approach to implement local solutions that address community-identified health priorities. The B2H program bridges clinical and social determinants of health, outside of the traditional healthcare system, to create a pathway to health for everyone. Health priorities targeted include COVID-19, chronic disease prevention/management (cardiovascular disease, diabetes and asthma), social determinants of health, mental health and substance use disorder, maternal child health and more. Current partners include Clairton City School District, Clairton Cares, Squirrel Hill Health Center, Propel Schools Hazelwood, Center of Life, Primary Care Health Services (PCHS), Pittsburgh Public Schools and Northside Christian Health Center.

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Chronic disease prevention

Chronic Disease Prevention & Management Program

Duquesne University Center for Integrative Health offers free community based chronic disease prevention and management programs to eligible residents of priority neighborhoods. Programs include the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP), Self-Monitoring Blood Pressure, and Diabetes Self-Management, Education & Support.

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The Duquesne University Center for Integrative Health, in collaboration with the Allegheny County Health Department and a diverse coalition of community partners, are working to increase access to healthy foods, physical activity and connections to clinical care. The CDC-funded R.E.A.C.H. program aims to achieve health equity and prevent chronic diseases in the East End (East Hills, Garfield, Homewood, Larimer, Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar, Wilkinsburg), Hill District, Mon Valley (Clairton, North Versailles, Duquesne, McKeesport, North Braddock, Rankin) and the Northside.

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Rx For Change

Prescription (Rx) For Change

A multi-sector, community-based approach to chronic disease prevention and management in underserved African American/Black communities. Services include cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk screenings, pharmacist-led medication therapy management (MTM) and evidence-based chronic disease prevention programs will be coupled with increased access to healthy foods (Food Bucks Rx) and support for physical activity. Communities served include Hazelwood & Clairton.

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Center For Integrative Health Team

Jennifer Elliott, Pharm.D.


Aiman Akshalova

Program Coordinator, Community Health Workers

Megan Donnarumma

Practice Manager

Brittani Namey, MSN, CRNP

Program Coordinator, Asthma

Julianne Oplinger, Pharm.D.

Administrative Pharmacist

Lisa Ripper, MPH, CPH

Research Manager

Shannon Shaffer, MSW

Manager of Community Health Initiatives

Vanessa Vought, M.Ed.

Community Health Worker Coordinator


Healthcare Compliance

Notice of Privacy Practices

Duquesne University takes Healthcare Compliance very seriously. The University abides by all Federal, State, and Local laws and ordinances. If you would like to discuss a healthcare compliance, includes HIPAA, complaint, please contact the Duquesne University Chairperson of Healthcare Compliance at (412) 396-4419 or mail a letter to:

Duquesne University
Office of HIPAA and Healthcare Compliance
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

You may also hand deliver a note to Room 436 in Fisher Hall. All will be kept strictly confidential.

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