URI Receives $2.7M Grant to Advance Nursing Program

The University of Rhode Island (URI), a Council member, has received a four-year $2.7 million federal grant to provide their nursing students with more hands-on experience at two local community health centers. Thundermist Health Center and Providence Community Health Center will partner with URI’s Advanced Nursing Education Workforce program to strengthen the health care services in their community and enhance the university’s academic nursing program.

The partnership builds upon the URI’s nursing program’s longtime commitment to connect their students with community-based preceptors and to help serve marginalized persons in their surrounding communities. It is expected that about 48 to 56 students in the adult gerontology, psychiatric mental health, and family nurse practitioner’s programs will be placed in the two health centers over the four-year grant period. Under the supervision of professionals in the centers, full-time students will spend two days a week providing primary care and behavioral health services to patients. Students will also join nurse practitioners on home visits to provide direct primary care to elderly and disabled patients unable to easily leave their residence. In addition, the grant includes funding to cover tuition for fourteen students in the nursing program each year.

“This project is a huge benefit not just for the students, but for practicing health care providers and the health care system as a whole,” said Associate Professor Denise Coppa. “We’re increasing and transforming the health care workforce to provide more primary care services for the medically underserved population.”

The Council congratulates URI on receiving this grant and applauds their efforts to provide their students with hands-on learning opportunities.

Read more in the Providence Business News.

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