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Partnership Aiding Low-Income Seniors Highlights Community Engagement Award Honorees

Community Celebration 2018A health and wellness program that assists underserved older and disabled adults in urban Richmond received the top award at Virginia Commonwealth University’s annual celebration of community partnerships last week.

The Richmond Health and Wellness Program, a collaboration involving 20 community and university partners, received the overall Currents of Change Award at the event. The program, which was launched in 2012, currently operates in five apartment buildings designed for low-income seniors in the urban Richmond area. The program serves more than 500 older and disabled adults, emphasizing health assessments, access to care, medication management, mental and behavioral health counseling, chronic disease monitoring, and care coordination.

At the celebration honoring the program and others like it, Catherine Howard, Ph.D., vice provost of the Division of Community Engagement, highlighted projects that align with her division’s mission statement and its focus on “university-community partnerships that generate innovative solutions to societal challenges and prepare the engaged citizens of tomorrow.”

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