A veterinary and nursing collaboration to increase access to healthcare

Shuzhen Chee, Sarah Rivera, Aaron Algren Huntley, Lauren Lundahl, Claire Bocage, David E. Holt, Brittany Watson, Terri H. Lipman


Hypertension is associated with almost 25% of US deaths. Philadelphia has the highest prevalence of hypertension of the 6 largest cities in the US, predominantly in non-Hispanic Black communities. Social determinants of health (SDOH) contribute to the development of hypertension and limit access to preventative resources and treatment. This case study describes an interprofessional collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania Schools of Nursing and Veterinary Medicine to offer blood pressure screenings at the annual MLK Day of Service Wellness and Vaccination Clinic. Clients were approached for blood pressure screenings and health education. Sixty-seven clients (48.2%), largely from zip codes with high levels of hypertension, agreed to blood pressure screening; 45 (67.2%) clients were hypertensive. Our One Health clinic could be a model to reach residents in marginalized communities.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v12n3p84

Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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