Affiliate Scholars Program
The Langston Center for Innovation in Quality and Safety attracts local, regional, and national interprofessional experts in one or more areas of innovation, quality, and/or safety. In a culture of influence, positivity, and urgency for high-impact change within health care, these Scholars tackle vexing health problems that impact patients and populations and strategize to influence the rapid uptake of solutions. . The Scholars advise the Center’s overall direction and helps secure human and material resources to fulfill its mission.
Current Scholar Affiliates:
Undergraduate Fellows Program
Since 2017, VCU School of Nursing launched an undergraduate fellows program comprising exceptional undergraduate nursing students. The Fellows Program is coordinated through the Langston Center with two tracks: leadership and research Fellows share and engage in track-specific learning experiences, mentorship, and community service to advance their development. Fellows receive substantial developmental and financial support throughout the four-semester program.
2021 Fellows and Mentor Matches:
Soma Aga Judy Collins
Mary Appiah Rocquel Crawley
Kayla Boyd Mary Hardin
Duyen Phan Mary Morin
Kelsey Thomas Paula Saxby
Ann Phuong Charles Smith
Grace Atkinson Alison Montpetit
Tiara Bolden Debra Barksdale
Alexandra Dahl Amy Salisbury
Bronwyn Nagle Nancy Jallo
Mackenzie Tabler Kathy Baker
Bresenoff-Feierstein Innovation Series and Forging New Boundaries Quality Symposium
The Bresenoff-Feierstein Innovation Series provides educational development for faculty, students, and community providers. Top scholars in innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership offer state-of-the-science programs to empower changes in practice, policy, and research; encourage innovation and creativity. ; and stimulate leadership best practices. The ultimate outcome of this series is to advance consumer knowledge to effectively navigate and experience the health system.
Annual Quality Forum
Annually, practitioners gather face-to-face or virtually to gain know-how surrounding the issues and trends developing in quality and implementation science. Topics are thematically organized and presented. The most recent sessions addressing implementation science can be found under the Scholarship tab on this page.
The DNP Blitz: DNP Project Presentations
In collaboration with the VCU School of Nursing’s DNP program, the Langston Center sponsors a public forum for those doctoral scholars who are completing their population-based change initiative, a major requirement of the DNP program of study. These soon-to-be graduates show public accountability for their initiatives, demonstrate professional speaking and communication skills, and model leadership in knowledge dissemination. Exemplars of these presentations are in the Scholarship tab on this page.
Bresenoff-Feierstein Innovation Grant Award
Through the generosity of Steve and Lisa Feierstein (alumni, BS, Nursing '78), the Langston Center sponsors innovations grant for faculty or student innovators (with a faculty sponsor). The grant funds experience in innovation and design thinking to tests and evaluate a prototype that shows the potential for scalability. Given annually, the competitive award can address testing new care delivery models or enhancing a job role, improving decision-support for frontline health workers, enhancing referrals and/or improving care coordination, introducing a new product or technology to improve patient or community-based care, or enhancing the design of an existing technology to improve quality and safety.