11/21/2016   The National University Nurse Managed Clinic (NUNMC), in partnership with the Salvation Army and the LA Lakers, participated in a holiday tradition of providing all of the ingredients needed to prepare a Thanksgiving Day feast for the underserved residents of Inglewood.  Approximately 200 families received turkeys, canned goods, and other cooking items to feed a family on the holiday.  The NUNMC clinic team manned a table and provided flyers of the free services offered by our Clinic.  I have attached pictures of the event including one with the NUNMC team posing with LA Lakers star player Jordan Clarkson.


Wishing  you and your loved ones a very happy Thanksgiving Day celebration, warmest regards,

The NUNMC Team:

Clinic Medical Director: Keith Norris, MD, PhD

Clinic Director: Gloria J McNeal, PhD, ACNS-BC, FAAN

Clinic Coordinator: Pat Humbles, PhD, MSN

Clinic Manager: Arneta Finney, MSN, FNP-C, WOCN

Clinic Medical Secretary: Donya Fenner

Clinic Nurse Practitioner: Angela Williams, MSN, FNP-C

Clinic Social Worker: Rowena Gillo, LCSW

Clinic Health Educator: Elizabeth Wider, EdD, RN

Clinic Researcher & Project Evaluator: Irina McKeehan Campbell, PhD, MPH

National University School of Health and Human Services
Los Angeles Campus
5245 Pacific Concourse Drive Los Angeles, CA 90054-6905

Email:   Phone: 310-662-2052

11/10/2016  Dr. Gloria McNeal, Dean of the School of Health and Human Services (SHHS) won a coveted “Women Who Mean Business Award” at the 23rd annual Special Awards Reception and Luncheon sponsored by the San Diego Business Journal. The event recognizes dynamic women business leaders and role models who have contributed significantly to San Diego’s businesses. Click the link for the full story:


10/27/2016  Dr. Gloria McNeal, Dean of National University’s School of Health and Human Services, Presents at National Conference on Patient-Centered Care Approaches

San Diego, Calif. — Dr. Gloria McNeal, Dean of National University’s School of Health and Human Services and a nationally recognized innovator who is changing how healthcare is taught and delivered, will be among the panelists at the 2016 Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care in Chicago from Oct. 30 through Nov. 2.

The conference is sponsored by Planetree, Inc., a nationally recognized nonprofit that partners with healthcare organizations around the world, and which recently launched a collaboration with National University in developing a first-of-its-kind program to train a new generation of health professionals in exceptional patient-centered care. More than 1,000 healthcare professionals and educational leaders are taking part in the conference at the Downtown Chicago Marriott.

Dr. McNeal, who is a recently-announced finalist for the Nov. 9 San Diego “Women Who Mean Business” awards sponsored by the San Diego Business Journal, is also the recipient of $2.5 million in federal grant funding for health-related projects. She will present a session Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. (Central Time) at the Chicago conference detailing the groundbreaking National University Nurse-Managed Clinic.

The Clinic project, led by National University, is being implemented in partnership with the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine to provide residents with telehealth and in-person services in the south Los Angeles community of Watts. In coordination with various community groups, the Clinic manages the care of underserved residents by providing access to healthcare services for chronic diseases, such diabetes, asthma, heart disease and high blood pressure, among other patient services.  Site coordinators, who are based out of multiple Clinic community site locations, schedule patient visits and assist with the use of medical equipment and virtual telehealth services being provided by Health Net Connect and iAssay that connect patients with the Clinic’s National University-Los Angeles campus central headquarters and medical staff at remote locations.

On Nov. 1, Dr. McNeal will present at the Chicago conference, along with Planetree Senior Vice President, Randall L. Carter, and Dr. Ellen Kaye Gehrke, a Professor of Leadership and Integrative Healthcare at National University’s School of Health and Human Services, for a session titled Educating Future Healthcare Workers to Deliver Patient-Centered Care. This presentation will discuss the partnership between Planetree and National University’s School of Health and Human Services. Presenters will outline the organizational change process in which they are working together to restructure the school, curriculum, training and community healthcare institutional relationships. This is the first time Planetree is working with an accredited academic institution to design and implement an educational culture focused on the values and principles of patient-centered care.

  • Oct. 31: 2 p.m. (Central Time) National University Virtual Nurse Managed Clinic. Room: Salon II/III.
  • Nov. 1: 10:45 a.m. (Central Time) Educating Future Healthcare Workers to Deliver Patient-Centered Care. Room: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, MI.

National University Newsletter July, 2016

Private, non-profit National University is using a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to the University’s School of Health and Human Services to launch a nurse-managed health clinic that uses the latest telehealth technologies to bring comprehensive medical care to residents of the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts.

The clinic has been developed in partnership with UCLA and local faith-based and community organizations to make healthcare more accessible to residents through its unique “virtual” approach, according to a National University statement.

“We are pleased to be leading this effort in partnership with UCLA and other important local organizations to advance National University’s mission of serving our communities,” said David Andrews, PhD, president of National University. “By addressing this critical need, we are also serving our students in providing them with unique, relevant opportunities to prepare for technological advancements that will reshape our health system.”

Through the National University Nurse-Managed Health Clinic, advanced practice nurses (APNs) work with an interdisciplinary team of health professionals that includes a UCLA professor of medicine, public health, clinical laboratory scientists, data analysts and others who collaborate in the delivery of patient-centered care. Among the other organizations involved in the project are the Black Community Health Task Force, the New You Center, Canon Human Services, Tri-City Medical Group, Healthy African American Families, and the Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church.

Keith Norris, MD, PhD, a professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA who also serves as co-director for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute Community Engagement and Research Program, serves as the project’s lead physician. “This project provides a much-needed service that advances interdisciplinary health professional models of care while working with communities to create partnered solutions,” he said. “We are very pleased to be partnering with National University on this important initiative.”

Services available to patients through the National University Nurse-Managed Clinic include comprehensive physical examinations; management programs for diabetes, asthma, heart disease and high blood pressure; vision and hearing testing; OB/GYN care and referrals; and body weight monitoring. Home visits may also be arranged as needed. Administrators of the National University project anticipate approximately 3,750 patient appointments in the first year of operation.

“The technology now exists to reduce the financial, social, cultural and transportation barriers that prevent people from seeking proper healthcare,” said Gloria McNeal, PhD, dean of National University’s School of Health and Human Services. “This project builds on such advances by flipping the paradigm and bringing healthcare support to the patient.”


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