About C3 Cares
C3 Cares is the brainchild of Erin Athey who won a Johnson and Johnson Quickfire Challenge award for improving access to care. Dr. Athey has spent nearly two decades as a clinician and community-engaged scholar and educator for public housing residents in D.C.
By providing convenient, reliable, and trustworthy care, C3 Cares endeavors to provide the best quality care to our patients and also hopes to restore faith in the U.S. healthcare system.
C3 Cares offers same-day appointments and clinical services at its on-site wellness hub and mobile pop-up locations at public housing complexes in Wards 5*, 6, 7, and 8. We also offer after-hours telehealth visits for patients who can’t see us during our daytime clinic hours.
Each C3 Cares clinic is overseen by a nurse practitioner and staffed by an on-site public health nurse, as well as a community health worker. C3 Cares will also be contracting additional nurses to help staff pop-up vaccination clinics throughout Washington, D.C. The practice uses a state-of-the-art electronic health platform by eClinicalWorks for its in-person, telehealth, and home visits – and will continue to utilize appropriate digital applications for data collection and program evaluation.
C3 Cares in the News
- Empowering nurses to improve health care, The Commonwealth Fund (4/7/22)
- Taking rotations into our community, Nursing Centered, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (2/24/22)
- Innovating to improve access to care with the awardees of the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge, Johnson & Johnson Nursing (10/26/21)
- Mobile health clinic brings COVID testing and vaccines to Ward 8, other vulnerable areas, ABC7 News | WJLA (3/31/21)
- Video: Hesitancy and access issues: The vaccine challenges in the Black community, The Washington Post (3/24/21)
- The future of healthcare is mobile, Forbes (1/15/21)
- A new medical van wants to connect people in public housing with healthcare providers, WAMU 88.5, American University Radio | DCist (9/29/20)
- Nursing school, UMC to provide health screenings for DCHA residents, The GW Hatchet | The George Washington University (7/9/20)
- The FCEC & UMC present ‘Wellness on Wheels’, The Faunteroy Community Enrichment Center (FCEC)
- Podcast #75 “The Point of Care” (Erin begins at ~42 min, 30 second)
We invite you to meet the professionals whose expertise helps guide the mission and success of C3 Cares in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Hope Bussenius, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, FAR, is an associate clinical faculty member and co-director of innovation and technology / urban health initiative at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in Druid Hills, Georgia.
Dr. Bussenius’ expertise is in the development of technology. She is the founder of the Take2Heart initiative to promote cardiovascular health in children.
She developed the Transformative Technology Evaluation Assessment Model (2TEAM), which uses smartphone app data aggregators and websites to bridge the gaps in current clinical practice, education and training, research, and health policy. She also developed the 2TEAM2Go Model, which involves community members using the 2TEAM approach to assess community needs and develop and launch customized technology to meet the needs of a community.
Dr. Bussenius has been recognized with the following honors and awards:
- 2021 American Academy of Nursing Fellow
- 2019 American Association of Nurse Practitioner Fellow
- 2019 E. Louise Grant Distinguished Alumna Award
- 2018 Technology Innovation in Clinical Practice Award from Bayada Health Care
- 2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Fellow
She was also appointed as the NCAA Emory University Faculty Athletics Representative, chairs for the FAR Advisory Committee, and serves on the FARA Executive Committee.
Dr. Bussenius is an Indian tribal member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.
Charles E. Moore, MD, is a professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Emory University School of Medicine. A board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Moore specializes in the surgical treatment of cancers of the head and neck with a focus on craniomaxillofacial and anterior skull base surgery. He treats head and neck cancer patients at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Moore serves as president of the American Association for Cancer Education (AACE). He is also a member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery; Georgia Society of Otolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery; National Medical Association; North American Skull Base Society; and Society of Robotic Surgery.
Lisa Fitzpatrick, MD, MPH, MPA, is a board-certified infectious diseases physician and a medical epidemiologist. She began her public health career in 1998 as a member of the CDC’s elite Epidemic Intelligence Service. She has served as a foreign diplomat in the Caribbean, an academic researcher, and the former chief medical officer for the DC Medicaid program. Dr. Fitzpatrick is a member of the Institute of Medicine/ National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Health Literacy and an Aspen Institute Health Innovator Fellow. She is the founder and CEO of Grapevine Health, a digital health media company she established to build trust and improve patient engagement among Medicaid patients through delivering culturally appropriate and relatable health information.
Founder & CEO of C3 Cares
Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner in Washington, D.C
Dr. Erin Athey is a board-certified family nurse practitioner who has spent nearly two decades working on the east side of Washington, D.C., as a clinician, educator, and community-engaged scholar to improve health outcomes for those who are under-resourced and disenfranchised.
Vernon Richardson, MSW, MA(RS)
Vernon Richardson, MARS, MSW is the Chief Operations Officer at C3 Cares. With over thirteen years of experience in Grant Management and a passion for community engagement, Vernon specializes in developing and overseeing innovative and impactful programs by securing grant funding. His expertise lies in creating sustainable initiatives that make a difference.
Vernon is deeply committed to advocating for marginalized communities, utilizing his expertise to address the social determinants of health and promote equity by removing barriers to essential medical and mental/behavioral health services.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of West Alabama and a Master of Social Work from Howard University. His graduate studies focused on dual concentrations: Child and Family Welfare Practice and Health Policy. In addition, Vernon has also obtained a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Howard University, further enriching his understanding of the complex societal issues he strives to address.
Dr. Charles Brown Jr. is a Licensed Nurse Practitioner in the District of Columbia and Virginia. He has been in the nursing field for over 40 years. He is a former First Class Petty Officer as a Naval Hospital Corpsman, and has worked as a RN in the Emergency Room, ICU, Oncology and Telemetry units, for GW Hospital, Suburban Hospital and Valley Health Systems for 20 years. He previously did research nursing at the NIH in the Heart, Lung Blood Institute for HIV and Blood Cancers. During the Mid 90's to Mid 2000's worked with Non-Profit Organization Us Helping Us under the Leadership of Dr. Ron Simmons for 10 years as Infectious Disease Clinician and Consultant in accordance with AAHIVM. He recently worked at Metro Health DC, and is now here at C3 Cares to offer his extensive experience and love for community nursing.
Dr Brown is enrolled in a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program specializing in Leadership and will be graduating in 2023. He also holds a Doctorate in Healthcare Administration.
Nurse Camelia Jones-Parker has over 18 years of nursing experience. She began her medical career as a Unit clerk. After she could only be found in patient rooms, she became an EMT in 2000. She then decided nursing was for her and became an LPN in 2004. She is currently completing her RN degree. Nurse Parker has cared for patients from all walks of life. She’s had the privilege of being a pediatric special needs nurse, school nurse, occupational health nurse and a public health nurse just to name a few. She’s performed humanitarian missions overseas and covert military deployments. She is a wife, mother of three and has seven grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her family, interior decorating, crafting, cooking and traveling.
Christina Johnson, MSN, FNP-C is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 14 years of experience in healthcare. Her nursing career includes experience in Labor & Delivery and High Risk Perinatal working with the underserved populations in Detroit and Washington, DC. Ms. Johnson is an alumna of The George Washington University where she obtained her masters. She continues her relationship at the university in her role as Director of Clinical Education and Compliance for the School of Nursing.
Ms. Johnson’s mission is to create memorable experiences for patients across all age groups through quality healthcare and optimal patient outcomes. Her clinical focus revolves around adolescent and women's health. She is exceptionally passionate about empowering patients through education, fostering advocacy.
A native of PG County, Maryland, Ms. Johnson currently resides in Northern Virginia. In moments of relaxation, she enjoys reading, pursuing fitness activities, and cherishing quality time with her family and friends.
Learn More About C3 Cares!
Please let us know if you’d like to know more about us. We’re happy to provide additional details about our medical practice, our business model, how we might serve your community, or how you could help or get involved. Contact Community Concierge Care (C3 Cares) by calling us at (202) 888-6440 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also receive medical care by directly requesting an appointment online.