Spring 2010 - Vol V Issue 1
Nursing Alumna to Receive
Michele Rigsby Pauley ’82 is set to be honored with the Professional Achievement Award from the USF Alumni Association for her ongoing service to the nursing profession and to the community.
Alumni Association’s Professional Achievement Award
For the past 14 years, Rigsby Pauley has worked as program manager and director of clinical services for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s COACH (Community Outreach Assistance for Children’s Health) for Kids and Their Families. The program is a mobile medical case-management program that provides free primary health care services for low-income and medically underserved children and their families in Los Angeles County. Preventive care, including immunizations and screenings, are available in addition to diagnosis and treatment of acute illnesses.
Rigsby Pauley is responsible for the programmatic and clinical operations of the full range of comprehensive community outreach medical, mental health, and case management services provided by the COACH for Kids program. Operating under the belief that a healthy child does not exist without a healthy family, the program also offers counseling, parenting education classes, parent support groups, mental health, children’s groups, and youth services through collaborations with various community organizations. COACH for Kids also offers referrals for housing and job training and placement.
"It means a lot to me to be recognized by the same institution where I acquired the knowledge and clinical skills that helped shape me to be the professional that I am today," Rigsby Pauley said. "Throughout my years at USF, I was encouraged and educated to make a difference in the lives of others. My work at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's COACH for Kids Mobile Health Program has allowed me to utilize my knowledge and skills to improve the healthcare status of over 100,000 medically underserved and homeless children and their families in low-income communities throughout Southern California."
“My education at USF not only taught me all of the scientific principles, nursing theories, and technical skills to be a nurse, it also taught me the importance of care and compassion when caring for those in need and to not only heal the body but to work towards healing the spirit as well,” Rigsby Pauley said.
Since its inception in 1994, COACH for Kids has provided more than 250,000 patient visits to more than 100,000 children and their families.
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