Education and Training

We are collaborating across the university, health system and community to develop educational programs and activities that support health care professional, learners, team members and the public regarding health disparities and health inequities.

We launched the History and Health Program in March of 2021, with the initial series focusing on Racial Equity. The multi-part virtual series began a journey of racial healing through virtual events that examine and challenge our understanding of VCU's role in the history of Richmond and our nation. The series recordings and modules are free and available for viewing.

The current History and Health series continues to examine Racial Equity; more information regarding our Fall 2021-Spring 2022 offerings can be found here.

What we're working on for 2022

We are also excited for a new service-learning course called Broadening Perspectives on Health Equity. This course is developed in partnership with Health Brigade and is set to begin in fall 2022 within the College of Health Professions's Bachelor of Science in Health Services program.

Students will partner with safety-net provider community organizations to expand their comfort zones and witness inequities firsthand. Weekly classroom sessions, where students will reflect on their experiences with their peers, will bolster these community interactions. Students will also examine factors leading to health inequalities and their histories, nationally and locally.

VCU Health Sciences students bow their heads in front of the ancestral remains of individuals recovered from the East Marshall Street Well during a prayer given by Del. Delores McQuinn. Nov. 25, 2019.

Pictured above: On Nov. 25, 2019, VCU and the RIchmond community welcomed back the ancestral remains from the Smithsonian Museum with respect and dignity.