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 is the Outreach and Community Advisor for C3 Cares. An experienced professional with more than thirteen years of Grant Management, Vernon specializes in creating and sustaining innovative and impactful programming through the attainment of grant funding. Vernon is passionate about outreach and advocacy within marginalized communities and is dedicated to addressing the social determinants of health and issues of equity that create barriers to accessing the medical and mental/behavioral health services needed in those communities.
Vernon received a BS in Psychology from the University of West Alabama and a Master of Social Work from Howard University with dual concentrations on Child and Family Welfare Practice and Health Policy.
Co-Founder and CFO of C3 Cares
Stephanie Paulson is a certified public accountant with over two decades of experience specializing in corporate finance, financial reporting, risk management, and internal controls. Stephanie started her career at Deloitte and has held leadership roles at companies of all sizes, including a start-up, mid-sized company, and several large fortune 500 companies. She has been recognized throughout her career as a collaborative leader with deep experience in complex transactions, system implementations, and process transformation initiatives.
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.