USD Nursing Students Help with Outreach to Seniors

Media invited to preview improvements at Bayside Community Center

Thanks to a $167,000 grant arranged by Congresswoman Susan Davis through the Center for Disease Control, the Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) students from the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science will assist Bayside Community Center in helping seniors live on their own in their home through the STEPS program. 

The media is invited to tour the offices of Bayside Community Center on Tuesday, August 12 at 11 a.m. to learn more about the STEPS program and other services available to the public from this nonprofit.

The goal of the STEPS (Safety Through Education and Prevention Services) program is to help keep seniors living independently in a safe home with the opportunity to become involved in the community through classes, senior lunches and other opportunities to enhance their health and well being through education and interaction with others. 

Bayside Community Center is located in Linda Vista and works to help ease the struggle for many needy people who live in north central San Diego. “Our neighborhoods are filled with residents who want to find a way to help themselves,” says Jorge Riquelme, Bayside’s executive director.  “Bayside has been providing that helping hand for over 75 years, including emergency services and advocacy to immigrants and refugees who are limited by language, cultural understanding, knowledge of our existing laws, and transportation barriers. Bayside is a collaborative partner with several groups and agencies from the San Diego community, such as the University of San Diego.”

Linda Vista has a population of about 32,000 residents and nearly 10 percent are seniors.  Many of these seniors are homebound due to lack of community and family cohesion, economic challenges, lack of information available to them. Many of them also speak little or no English.  STEPS is designed to bridge that divide.

Connie Curran, is Bayside’s director of senior programs and a faculty member at USD’s School of Nursing.  Working with Riquelme and the nursing school’s dean, Sally Brosz Hardin, she developed the proposal that was presented to Congresswoman Davis and resulted in a $167,000 grant to Bayside.  “STEPS is such a wonderful way for our nursing students to partner with the community and receive hands-on experience toward their graduate degree,” Dean Hardin says.  “It’s a win-win all around.”

STEPS is just one of several programs offered through Bayside Community Center, which is undergoing a major renovation of its facilities funded in large part through the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development ‘s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) award from the city of San Diego.  The $600,000 remodel will allow Bayside to adequately meet the needs of its constituents and continue providing various services to seniors, youth and the large immigrant populations in the Linda Vista area.

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The inauguration of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the university’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, and Nursing and Health Science.


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The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.