Bringing care to the communities we serve.

A Vidant nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccine during a Pop-up Community Health event.

ECU Health’s mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina stretches beyond the walls of our hospitals and clinics here in the East.

With Pop-up Community Health events across the 29 counties we serve, ECU Health is delivering health care in unique ways. This program makes health care both more accessible and approachable by directly providing preventative services, improving health care equity and offering resources within communities with the greatest need.

Visit our Events page to see upcoming Pop-up Community Health events.

What Can Community Health Pop-Ups Provide?

Launching in 2021, ECU Health partnered with local leaders and community groups to host these Pop-Up Community Health events. Community members had the opportunity to get health screenings, receive health coaching, learn about providers and health care options near them and even receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Along with typical health care needs, Pop-up Community Health events can also provide healthy foods, behavioral health access and talent acquisition for community members seeking employment.

Read more about Pop-up Community Health events from the Summer of 2021 in our Newsroom.

For information on how to have ECU Health visit your area for a Pop-up Community Health event, please contact Dr. KaSheta Jackson at [email protected].

Award-winning approach

Dr. KaSheta Jackson poses with the 2022 Individual Award for the ANA Innovation Awards.

Dr. KaSheta Jackson, DNP, RN, Vice President, Health Equity and Social Impact at ECU Health, was awarded the 2022 American Nurses Association (ANA) Innovation Awards sponsored by Stryker Corporation, a leading global medical technology company Corporation. This recognition comes after Dr. Jackson and several ECU Health team members developed the Pop-Up Community Health events, an innovative health care delivery model implemented as community-based pop-up clinics across eastern North Carolina to address social and economic health care barriers.

Pop-Up Community Health events have been held in a variety of informal community settings, including baseball fields, farms, and parks, to build trust and improve community engagement. Designed and led by nurses, Community Pop-Ups follows the tenets of a holistic nursing care plan, addressing the community’s physical, mental, and environmental needs.

In 2021, Community Health events provided care to more than 400 community participants, identified acute diseases, provided numerous jobs, gave away 500 produce boxes, and delivered 500 health passports in rural locations across eastern North Carolina. In 2022, Community Pop-Ups plans to make a more substantial impact in the communities it reaches and establish a model for addressing the social determinants of health through qualitative data.

Learn more about this recognition and the Community Health events in our newsroom.