Feb. 6, 2007 -- The Dave Matthews Band’s Bama Works Fund in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation has awarded a $6,000 grant to the University of Virginia School of Nursing to support the addition of youth services by a Parish Nurse at the Westhaven Clinic in Charlottesville.
The new grant will enable the School of Nursing to support a second part-time Parish Nurse in the Clinic to focus on the needs of disadvantaged youth and to develop appropriate programs and services such as health and outreach programs (nutrition, dangers and risks of smoking and drugs, conflict resolution, etc.), health and social services referrals, free sports and school physicals, teen pregnancy counseling, fitness promotion programs, food distribution to the hungry, holiday gift distribution to children, and family advocacy and support.
The Westhaven Clinic is a small non-profit nursing clinic that provides health screenings and assessments, outreach and wellness programs, service referrals and support to low-income residents of the Westhaven public housing neighborhood of Charlottesville. This government housing neighborhood of 129 apartments is home to about 362 residents, over half of whom are under the age of 17. The Clinic operates year-round on a small budget with support from community charitable organizations.
Currently, the Clinic has a Parish Nurse who works one day per week to provide services primarily to elderly and disabled residents, including in-home monitoring visits and screenings for high blood pressure, HIV, diabetes, and other conditions. She also coordinates social activities for seniors in the community. Both nurses are prepared as Parish Nurses and their work is centered primarily in their home communities.
In a classic “win-win” situation, the grant will provide needed services for the community and also will allow the School to incorporate the program into community nursing clinical experiences for nursing students. After the proram is established, the Clinic will serve as a practicum site for 8-10 students each semester and the Parish Nurse will function as a preceptor to the students, matching them with young residents in need of one-on-one support.
The Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band supports a variety of charitable programs, primarily in the Charlottesville area, that mirror the values and commitments of the band members: helping disadvantaged youth, protecting the environment, assisting the disabled and support for the arts and humanities.
The University of Virginia School of Nursing is rated among the nation’s top nursing schools; three of its graduate programs are ranked in the U.S. News & World Report’s Top Ten. The School currently has approximately 550 students enrolled in its undergraduate, master’s degree, post-master’s, and PhD programs. For more information, visit www.nursing.virginia.edu or call 434-961-4503.