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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:

Kathy Baker
Michael Bleich
John Bowles
Holly Buchanan
Joel Bundy
Mary Coffey
Jayne Davey
Joseph Deranieri
Salvador Gullo
Terry Jones
Robyn McDougle
Alison Montpetit
Mary Morin
Joseph Napolitano
Peter Pidcoe
Ingrid Pretzer-Aboff
Christopher Schreiner
Shelly Smith
AkkeNeel Talsma
Trina Trimmer 
Garret Westlake

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

2020 Cohort:
Andrew Banick
Laura Herring
Emily Morgan
Laura Smith 

2019 Cohort:
Andrea Berger
Stephanie Cattie
Teresa Fruchterman
Ikenna Onyeador
Mary Niezgoda 

2018 Cohort:
Virginia Campbell
Paige Lawson
Kathleen McGann
Stephanie Rudderow

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.

Past Speakers:
Michael Bleich
Tom Ahrens
Garret Westlake
Bill Bishop

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.

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