Vidant’s KaSheta Jackson Recognized for Community Health Events – Washington Daily News
KaSheta Jackson, Vice President of Health Equity and Social Impact at Vidant Health, received the American Nurses Association’s 2022 Innovation Award in recognition of local community health events she developed .
Jackson created “Community Pop-Ups: A Rural Approach,” a health care delivery model implemented as community pop-up clinics in eastern North Carolina to overcome social and economic barriers to health care. health. The program makes health care both more accessible and accessible by directly providing preventive services, improving equity in health care and offering resources within the communities that need them most. This is done through system-level collaboration at Vidant Health with community-driven intervention.
Through partnerships with community leaders and other members of the Vidant Health team, these clinics have grown from offering only health care screenings to COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, mental health resources, access to fresh produce and employment opportunities.
Community pop-ups were held in various informal community settings, including baseball diamonds, farms and parks, to build trust and improve community engagement. Designed and led by nurses, Community Pop-Ups follow the principles of a holistic nursing care plan, addressing the physical, mental and environmental needs of the community.
In 2021, Community Pop-Ups provided care to over 400 community participants, identified acute illnesses, provided numerous jobs, donated 500 boxes of products, and issued 500 health passports in rural areas of eastern Carolina North including Beaufort County, Farmville, Pamlico County, Bethel, Greenville and more. In addition to the award, Jackson received $25,000 for the program to support the development of community health events over the next year.
In 2022, Community Pop-Ups plans to have a more substantial impact in the communities it reaches and establish a model for addressing the social determinants of health through qualitative data.