Overview Of Current Programs

Center for Pharmacy Care:

  • Employee health (preventive health screenings, chronic disease prevention and management programs)
  • Immunization/travel health program
  • Medication therapy management
  • Pharmacy service provider for the Allegheny County Health Department pharmacy and tuberculosis clinic

DUCIH Community Health Initiatives:

DU Community Care Clinics:

Duquesne University School and Community-based Asthma Clinic

  • Collaboration with several school districts and the Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in each neighborhood to provide comprehensive, asthma care in the school and community setting, including diagnosis, pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic management, education and coordination of care
  • This model has consistently resulted in significant reductions in emergency room visits and hospitalizations for children with asthma as well as significant improvements in asthma control.
  • Current School and Community Partners
    • Clairton School District
    • Woodland Hills School District
    • South Allegheny School District
    • Propel Hazelwood
    • Center of Life Hazelwood
  •  Current Provider Partners
    • Primary Care Health Services (PCHS)- FQHC
    • Squirrel Hill Health Center (SHHC)- FQHC
    • Northside Christian Health Center (NSCHCS) - FQHC
    • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Asthma Home Visiting Program

  • Collaboration with Community Health Workers (CHWs) and the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) Healthy Homes Program to provide in-home asthma education, serve as a liaison for those enrolled in our clinics, provide care coordination and work with families on goal setting to reduce asthma triggers.

CDC Asthma Control Program

  • CDC's National Asthma Control Program (NACP) was created in 1999 and funds health departments in 24 states to ensure availability and access to guideline-based medical management and pharmacotherapy for all people with asthma to address the intersection of public health and health care. It funds state programs and national organizations, promotes asthma quality measures and informs policy makers about the burden of asthma. DUCIH is contracted through the Pennsylvania Department of Health to work on four of the six EXHALE strategies:
    • Asthma Self-Management Education (ASME)
    • Extinguishing smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke
    • Home visits for trigger reduction and ASME
    • Linkages and coordination of care across settings.

Community-Based Vaccination Program

  • DUCIH works with various community partners to implement community-based vaccine clinics in locations accessible to all residents (churches, schools, community gathering spaces, public housing units).

CDC Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH): Live Well Allegheny: Lifting Wellness for African Americans (LWA2)

  • Collaboration with the Allegheny County Health Department and community partners to reduce risk factors associated with chronic diseases (hypertension, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity) in African-American populations that live in six high-risk target areas in the county (North Side, Hill District, Garfield, Larimer/Homewood/East Hills, Wilkinsburg and the Mon Valley). This project focuses on food access, improving options for physical activity and connections to clinical care. .

CDC Overdose to Action (OD2A)

  • Collaboration with the Allegheny County Health Department and community partners in Allegheny County to address opioid-related morbidity and mortality in Allegheny County. Activities include expanding existing surveillance efforts by obtaining new data and expanding prevention efforts by health systems and insurers, improving linkages to care for residents with opioid use disorder, building new diversion programs with law enforcement and launching a harm reduction communications campaign. Duquesne CIH is contracted to work on two strategies, strategy 6 (establishing linkages to care) and strategy 9 (empowering individuals to make safer choices).

Bridges to Health (b2h)

  • The Duquesne University Bridges to Health (b2h) program 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. Our team includes Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)/primary care practices (PCPs), schools and a university that has a long history of working with communities to implement community-driven equity initiatives. Local health priorities targeted through this project include COVID-19, chronic disease prevention/management (cardiovascular disease, diabetes and asthma) and mental health. The b2h program bridges clinical and social determinants of health outside of the traditional health care system to create a pathway to health for everyone. The b2h program will initially be implemented in Hazelwood and Clairton.

Prescription for Change: A community-based program to combat racial and ethnic disparities in health

  • A multi-sector, community-based approach to chronic disease prevention and management in underserved African American/Black communities. 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 and support for physical activity.

DUCIH-FQHC Partnerships

  • DUCIH has partnerships with several FQHCs throughout Allegheny County, providing teaching, research and service opportunities
    • Current FQHC partners
      • Primary Care Health Services
      • Northside Christian Health Center
      • Squirrel Hill Health Center
      • East Liberty Family Health Care Center

DUCIH- Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) Partnership

  • DUCIH has a partnership with the HACP to provide chronic disease prevention and management services at all ten senior and five family communities throughout the City of Pittsburgh

DUCIH Smoking Cessation

  • DUCIH has a contract through the Pennsylvania Department of Health to provide smoking cessation classes and support throughout Allegheny County. DUCIH offers in-person and virtual programs.

Surveillance and Prevention:

School-based Asthma Screenings

  • DUCIH provides annual district-wide asthma screenings and referrals in collaboration with several school districts, including:
    • Woodland Hills
    • Clairton
    • South Allegheny
    • Northgate
    • Propel Schools
    • Pittsburgh Public Schools Early Learning Program

Health Policy:

  • State-mandated asthma screenings
  • Schools stocked with albuterol

Education:

Healthy and Wellness Sports Camps

  • Partnership with Duquesne University Department of Athletics to provide day camps for schools and community organizations consisting of hands on health education and sports instruction

Asthma and Food Allergy Awareness Program

  • Interactive educational programming for children and their caregivers at school gatherings, scheduled lecture series for caregivers/school personnel, and interactive classroom sessions for children focusing on food allergy, asthma awareness and healthy living.
    • Pittsburgh Public Schools Early Learning Program
    • South Allegheny School District