SEPTA Bus routes 18 and 26, both of which intersect with the Broad Street Subway. The University is located in Northwest Philadelphia, not far from Roosevelt Expressway and Roosevelt Boulevard.
La Salle Neighborhood Nursing Center (LSNNC) is a community-based nurse managed wellness center affiliated with La Salle University's School of Nursing and Health Sciences. The center has more than 20 years of providing community-centered public health nursing and social services to at-risk underserved populations in the Southeast Pennsylvania region. LSNNC provides diverse public health services through multiple funded and unfunded programs.
LSNNC began in 1991 as a clinical laboratory for nursing students for their public health rotation with the guidance and support of year-round staff and leadership. The first funded program was a perinatal home visiting program providing family- centered health and social services through Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Division of Maternal, Child and Family Health with Title V funding. That early home visiting program evolved into the Health Intervention Program (HIP) for Families serving families whose children have special health care needs, and is currently serving 150 families. Interventions include outreach, screening, referral and follow-up, case management, delegation of functions, health teaching, counseling, consultation, collaboration, coalition building, community organizing, and advocacy. Staff promote family relationships with community resource people and advocate with the parents to obtain necessary resources.
In 1995 the Center was invited by the community chaplain to provide nursing triage and care to the horsemen and women of the Backstretch of Philadelphia Park Racetrack (currently PARX Casino and Racetrack). Like perinatal home visiting, the nursing students were the first to pilot this program, followed by a community grant for the men’s health initiative, and current funding by the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association. Through this initiative the nursing center completes 1,000 encounters annually; primarily to migrant workers who are men aged 18-70, and likely Hispanic.
Mature Health Connections is a recent LSNNC program currently funded by Green Tree Foundation and the Patricia Kind Foundation. Located at our campus site, it provides health promotion, health education and screening services to mature residents of Germantown, Logan, Olney, West Oak Lane (GLOW) and surrounding neighborhoods. In the past year, over 700 seniors have been served through educational programming, follow ups and screenings. This is a key role for the AmeriCorps member who provides outreach, program implementation, and scheduling for individual and aggregate clients.
Child Care Health Consultation is offered through LSNNC. Child care health consultation is a practice of health professionals to promote the health of children, professional staff, and parents in early education programs. The child care health consultant (CCHC) provides an integral health liaison for professional early learning professionals in early learning centers. From 2007 to 2010, LSNNC partnered with the regional quality provider for the five-county region. In addition, LSNNC has a resident nurse trainer for child care health consultants.
La Salle Neighborhood Nursing Center has a rich history of including AmeriCorps members in the scope of our community work since approximately 1995. Nurses also participate in annual emergency drills in Bucks County and on campus. The AmeriCorps member provides outreach, education, and expansion of public health services at all Neighborhood Nursing sites and are included in all services and training offered to staff and students.
Through the development and implementation of exemplary public health nursing programs including health promotion, health education and disease prevention services, the La Salle Neighborhood Nursing Center supports and enhances the teaching, learning, and service mission of La Salle University School of Nursing and Health Sciences.