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Penn Nursing Awarded HRSA Grants Totaling $1.4 Million

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) has been awarded a total of $1.4 million in grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for a variety of projects that support nursing workforce development.

Community Influences on Behavior Health

This project – led by Pamela Cacchione, PhD, the Ralston House Endowed Term Chair in Gerontological Nursing – is designing, implementing and evaluating a collaborative experience for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner students in partnership with the Penn Center for Community Health Workers. This innovative program specifically aims to integrate community influences on behavioral health with psychiatric mental health in order to enhance patient responsiveness to care and to facilitate optimal health outcomes. (Award # 5M01HP313460200) 

APRNs for Community Practice

This project seeks to develop and implement clinical training for primary care advanced practice nursing students who are interested in working in underserved communities and caring for underserved populations.  A key component of this project includes longitudinal clinical exposure to these populations through a partnership with the Southeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center. The goal is to increase access to care and resources for those deemed medically unserved while increasing the APRN workforce in underserved communities. The project director for this is Julie Sochalski, PhD, Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, and the Class of 1965 25th Reunion Term Chair. (Award # T94HP30898).

Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Program

This project provides tuition and fees for five full-time nurse anesthetist students in Penn Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice for Nurse Anesthesia (DNP-NA) program. Through rigorous coursework and a variety of clinical experiences in urban, suburban and rural clinical settings, students will acquire knowledge of anesthesia nursing practice and philosophy and will be well-prepared to serve as an integral part of the anesthesia and pain management team. They will gain an appreciation for personal values and patient advocacy, and will develop into leaders in classroom, clinical, and community settings that will allow them to provide the best in health care to patients with diverse and frequently complex needs. This project is being led by Patricia D’Antonio, PhD, the Carol E. Ware Professor in Mental Health Nursing and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Health. (Award # 2 E01HP27087-04-00).

“These HRSA grants will further broaden Penn Nursing’s reach into underserved communities and populations by providing our faculty leaders and students with more resources and options for training in these specialized areas where nursing clinical and educational expertise is in need,” said Penn Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel, PhD.

HRSA an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary federal agency for improving health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable. HRSA programs help those in need of high quality primary health care, people living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women, and mothers. HRSA also supports the training of health professionals, the distribution of providers to areas where they are needed most and improvements in health care delivery.