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Becca Purnell,

Becca Purnell

Program: 

Through Their Eyes

Fuld Fellow Cohort IV

The Moore Clinic is an outpatient HIV clinic serving over 2,000 patients. Project LINK is a program at Moore aimed at improving adherence with antiretroviral therapy (ART). Interventions are directed at providing assessment, support, and information to those who present with multiple barriers to care. Under the guidance of Kisten Nolan, I will create a tool within EPIC for nurses to document LINK visits in order to standardize procedures and quantify barriers to and facilitators of adherence. I am also creating materials to facilitate Project LINK visits, which aim to provide patient education and safety regarding the use of ARTs and living with HIV. In addition, I am creating educational resources, such as information about treatment as prevention, PrEP, STI prevention, healthy relationships, and needle exchanges in Baltimore.

I am a BSN candidate for December 2014. Prior to nursing school, I graduated from DePaul University with a BA in psychology. From 2009-2010, I completed a year of national service through AmeriCorps, teaching in an underserved neighborhood of Chicago, simultaneously working towards my Master of Public Health (MPH). After AmeriCorps, I worked at a community health coalition, supporting initiatives to improve health outcomes until I graduated from my MPH program. Until 2013, I worked as the Chicago Project Coordinator for a global HIV prevention study.      

Part of public health is addressing system level, community, and individual level factors that influence population health; similarly, quality improvement targets broader systemic factors that impacts patient outcomes while also considering individual influences. My interest in patient safety and quality improvement stems from my underlying belief that optimizing treatment outcomes is a result of optimizing factors at all levels of health.

My goal is to merge my interest in public health with the clinical skills of nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner in order to improve the health outcomes of individuals from under-resourced communities. As the model of healthcare extends to community-based practices and outpatient care, facilitating patient safety initiatives outside of the inpatient setting will be critical to ensure optimal health for all populations in diverse settings.