KaSheta Jackson, vice president of equity for health and social impact at Vidant Health, was awarded the American Nurses Association Award for Innovation in 2022 in recognition of the local community health activities she has developed.
Jackson has created “Community Pop-Ups: A Rural Approach,” a model of health care that is implemented in the form of pop-up clinics in East North Carolina to address social and economic barriers to health care. The program makes health care more accessible and accessible by directly providing prevention services, improving health equity, and offering resources in the communities most in need. This is done through collaboration at the system level at Vidant Health with community-oriented intervention.
Through partnerships with community leaders and other members of the Vidant Health team, these clinics have evolved from offering exclusively health care surveys to providing COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, mental health resources, access to fresh produce and employment opportunities.
Collaborative pop-ups were held in a variety of informal communities, including baseball fields, farms, and parks, to build trust and improve community engagement. Developed and managed by nurses, Community Pop-Ups adheres to the principles of a holistic nursing care plan, meeting the physical, mental and environmental needs of society.
In 2021, Community Pop-Ups assisted more than 400 community members, diagnosed acute illnesses, provided many jobs, distributed 500 boxes of groceries, and delivered 500 health passports to rural areas of East North Carolina, including Beaufort, Farmville and Pamlika counties. Districts, Bethel, Greenville and more. Along with the award, Jackson received $ 25,000 for a program to support the further development of community health activities next year.
In 2022, Community Pop-Ups plans to have a more significant impact on the communities it reaches, and create a model to address the social determinants of health through quality data.