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Pitt Nursing Research Shows Power of Collaborative Care

A recent study from Pitt Nursing faculty Hayley Germack and Grant Martsolf demonstrated the importance of team-based care and interprofessionalism when working with veterans who have co-morbid mental health conditions. Their work is demonstrating how essential interprofessionalism is in delivering optimal outcomes.

The project focused on the delivery of primary and mental health care when managing veterans with mental health disorders. The outcomes showed that veterans who received care at clinics where team-based care was implemented more had lower rates of hospitalizations.


Celebrating Juneteenth

Juneteenth, on June 19, celebrates the commemoration of the emancipation of all slaves in the United States, marking the day when the Emancipation Proclamation was read in the most remote parts of Texas. Ieesha Barron, department coordinator, Acute and Tertiary Care, shared her memories of this celebration when she was young, and why the holiday is so important.

Growing up this was one of my favorite traditions.

We celebrated wearing our best red and white clothing. Red for the blood and white for victory.

Even the food was red.

The youngest member of the family capable of reading would read the Emancipation Proclamation. The family matriarch would recite from the Bible some passage of freedom, forgiveness, and thanksgiving

There were parades, food, and fireworks.

There was dancing and singing late into the night

My grandmother gave a speech every year to remind us why the day is necessary.

It is the commemoration of your African-American countryman. No different than remembering any fallen hero or persons of great importance who made sacrifices. It is the celebration of America taking a pivotal step toward recognizing the dream of a free and just land.

Build your own tradition, hang a flag, say happy Juneteenth to any person of any descent, however you wish to display. I hope you will consider it a proud celebration and great accomplishment.


Timely Topics: LGBTQIA+ Health

Gender identity and sexual orientation are fundamental components of both personhood and health care needs and concerns. Pitt Nursing’s Department of Professional Development and Continuing Education offers Healthcare Provider Training on LGBTQIA+ Health: An Introductory Module on Best Practices to help health care providers become more clinical prepared to deliver whole-person care.

Healthcare Provider Training on LGBTQIA+ Health provides a brief introduction about best practices in LGBTQIA+ health that speaks to the specific needs of this population to increase knowledge, promote positive attitudes and improve clinical preparedness of professional nurses.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Recall gender diversity definitions
  • Relate health disparities associated with LGBTQIA+ communities
  • Examine social determinants of health and the relationship to LGBTQIA+ status
  • Identify how discrimination and stigma associated with LGBTQIA+ impacts disclosure
  • Begin to create an inclusive environment and utilize respectful communication in your professional practice

For more information and to register, visit the Professional Development and Continuing Education website.

Student Profile: Karina Kraevsky-Phillips

Congratulations to PhD student Karina Kraevsky-Phillips, who has been selected to receive a 2021 American Thoracic Society Abstract Scholarship, due to her abstract's high-quality caliber.

Kraevksy-Phillips' abstract "Seen But Not Heard: An Analysis of Nurse Involvement in Interprofessional Family Meetings in Intensive Care Units," found that while nurses attended such meetings, they did not necessarily have the opportunity to contribute to the conversations, despite having a high degree of contact with families. 

Kraevksy-Phillips is a NINR T32 research trainee studying technological applications to acute and chronic illness management. She is particularly interest in studying mHealth usage for heart failure management, as well as palliative care and health policy issues.