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VCU gets grant for senior health care program

Tuesday - 7/30/2013, 12:22pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Commonwealth University is expanding a pilot program that helps underserved older adults better manage chronic health conditions and coordinate their care.

The Richmond school's nursing program is getting a $1.5 million, three-year grant from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration.

Officials say the grant will be used to expand and refine an existing model of interprofessional health care education and clinical service focused on improving the health and well-being of residents.

Students from the VCU schools of nursing, pharmacy, medicine and social work collaborate to provide chronic disease management and medication management to seniors living in a Richmond facility.

The aim is that the Richmond Health and Wellness Program eventually will serve as a model across the city and beyond.

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