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Community Care & Outreach

We are committed to making a difference in the communities we serve through a variety of outreach programs, events and services. Learn more about some of the programs we offer.

Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Connecticut

VNASC is not just mandated to care for those who have the means to pay for our services, but to care for those who have limited or no financial resources. “The people in our region” include those who are poor, disenfranchised, homeless, children, under-insured, jobless, mentally ill, single mothers, suffering from addiction . . . it’s everyone.

With the help of many generous donors, we provided over $550,000 in free and subsidized care last year. In addition to the skilled nurses, physical therapists, home health aides, nutritionists, social workers, and other professionals who made home visits to those who could not afford to pay, we also provided numerous foot care clinics at area homeless shelters, nurse-managed wellness clinics in New London, East Lyme and Groton, and critical support to poor first-time mothers and their babies.

VNASC Programs

Wellness Services

Our Wellness Services include screening clinics, health fairs, health education, and immunization clinics throughout Southeastern Connecticut. Screenings may include blood pressure checks, cholesterol tests, glucose tests and/or height, weight, and body mass index measurements.

Health education sessions may include topics such as nutrition, stress management, arthritis, weight management, first aid, cancer, diabetes, smoking cessation, heart health, stroke prevention and blood borne pathogens. Services are provided by one of our Wellness nurses – RN’s who work with members of the community to help improve their health.

School Health Services

The VNASC Department of School Health supports and enhances the effectiveness of school nurses in their specialty practice by enabling them to utilize their comprehensive skills to serve the health needs of the children and their families.

VNASC has a long history of providing nurses and school health aides to the school systems in southeastern Connecticut. Currently the program provides staff in East Lyme, Waterford, New London and Groton.

School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that enhances the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student response to normal development, promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy and learning.