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Nursing Program Awarded $1.9 Million HRSA Grant

July 14, 2017

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Texas Lutheran University’s Nursing Program is the recipient of a $1,981,983 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The program, “Addressing Nursing Workforce Diversity in Underrepresented Rural Areas: The Cambio Project,” was one of only 30 HRSA grants awarded nationwide.

With a focus on increasing the number of underrepresented graduates in the TLU nursing program, The Cambio Project’s main goal is to expand the quality of healthcare in rural Texas by establishing a pipeline for a diverse nursing workforce. The program will be a direct response to the continual shift in area demographics, educational accessibility, and the urgent need for a nursing workforce that reflects the population it serves.

“The project is designed to recruit, enroll, retain, empower, and graduate nursing students from disadvantaged backgrounds so these individuals can improve health equity within their communities through professional nursing practice,” TLU Director of Nursing Dr. Kathie Aduddell said. “This grant will also help our department continue its mission of developing exceptionally well-prepared registered nurses. It was a highly competitive grant and receiving it recognizes TLU’s ongoing commitment to excellence. I personally want to thank our exceptional faculty and staff who are committed to this program including Instructor Aimee Bedgood, Dr. Whitney Bischoff, and Instructor Cecilia Trinidad.”

The grant, which will be distributed throughout the next four years, allocates funding for a faculty position, a staff position, and financial assistance including 15 annually awarded $10,000 scholarships.

About HRSA

The Health Resources and Services Administration (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.

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