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Summa Health Engagement Award: Patricia A. Galon

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Published on Jul 16, 2009

Dr. Galon, associate professor in the College of Nursing at The University of Akron, has been highly-instrumental in creating a primary care clinic in University Park to serve persons with severe mental illness. The Margaret Clark Morgan Integrated Care Clinic is a collaborative effort among the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, Community Support Services, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Pharmacy, and the UA College of Nursing. The facility is housed at Community Support Services within the University Park neighborhood and is staffed by UA College of Nursing nurse practitioner faculty in addition to other health professionals. People with serious mental illness are a vulnerable population with limited access to appropriate physical care. Recent research indicates that people with severe mental illness die, on average, 15-25 years earlier than the general population. Despite several setbacks in the two-year planning phase, Dr. Galon and her peers persisted in trying to provide access to care in a convenient and familiar setting for this most neglected population. The clinic opened its doors in November 2008 and is already serving the community and providing training and research opportunities to nurse practitioners and their students.

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