Name of Engagement

Suitcase Nursing

Contact Information

Jan Gillis

Contact Details


In an effort to pilot the initiative and reduce barriers to health care, JMU's Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services would send nursing students to local homeless shelters with their professors, seeking to serve the some of the most vulnerable populations of society. Their purpose — educate on health issues while connecting clients to community resources through screening and referral. The program, true to its roots in the culture fostered by the first IIHHS director Dr. Vida Huber, would connect the campus and community as partners in the advancement of knowledge that had public relevance and would lead students to build a brighter future.

Web Presence


Involves Students, Involves Faculty


JMU Only, Hburg/Local/VA


Ongoing (Currently in existence, year round)

Primary Focus of Program

Health and Healthcare

Areas of Engagement

Community Engagement, Engaged Learning



On/Off campus

Off campus

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