Pam Parsons is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Practice and Community Engagement at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing. She is a nurse practitioner in Internal Medicine, Department of Geriatrics at VCU Health. She is a Distinguished Practitioner with the National Academies of Practice.
Dr. Parsons is dedicated to improving the daily living experience and health outcomes vulnerable low-income older adults. In her clinical practice, she provides primary care to medically complex older adults. Academically, she leads the Richmond Health and Wellness Program (RHWP), an interprofessional wellness program focused on older adults residing in low-income housing settings. The program fills the gap in unmet primary care needs through health promotion, chronic disease self-management, risk reduction and care coordination strategies. RHWP serves a mostly African American population, addressing health disparities and health inequities and has shown reduction in emergency room use and acute care admissions. Workforce training for nursing and interprofessional students are key to the program’s success, with over 1,000 students completing practicum hours. An interprofessional research core is aligned with the program, advancing science through transdisciplinary approaches to address health disparities. Dr. Parsons has published on the model, and the model has gained recognition through policy forums of Health Affairs, the Center to Champion Nursing in America and the AARP Public Policy Institute.
Dr. Parsons completed her BSN at Old Dominion University. She received her MSN, Post-Masters Certificate, and PhD degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.