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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Building community bridges

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On October 28, women's health nurse practitioner students from the Connell School of Nursing led a breast health awareness event at Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center (RoxComp). The event was part of the Building Community Bridges program developed by clinical assistant professors Holly Fontenot and Allyssa Harris, designed to build upon relationships with local community health centers. The students gave an educational lecture, passed out information, conducted health screenings including diabetes and hypertension, and talked to community members about breast health and breast cancer screening.

The program will enhance learning as women's health NP students develop and direct health and educational programs in the community, as well as build a relationship with RoxComp while providing health screening services to an underserved population. The students will lead another program in the spring, focused on women and HIV. Fontenot and Harris plan to expand the program to include other health topics.

The Building Community Bridges program is funded by a Boston College TAME grant, awarded for the improvement of teaching, advising, or mentoring of Boston College students.