LCON Receives $2.7 million HRSA ANEW Grant

This June, the University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing was awarded a $2.7 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program.

HRSA’s ANEW Program provides funding for projects that support innovative academic-practice partnerships to prepare primary care advanced practice registered nursing students through academic and clinical training for practice with a focus on rural and underserved populations.

The grant was awarded to Principle Investigator (PI) Dr. Anita Boykins for the proposed Family Nurse Practitioner-Health Education & Access for Rural Tennesseans (FNP-HEART) program, which will decrease primary care and mental health professional shortages and improve health disparities for medically underserved populations/areas in HRSA-designated rural areas in West Tennessee.

FNP-HEART will provide traineeship funds for 20 diverse FNP students each year, for a total of 80 during the grant period of July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2023. It is designed to increase the distribution of FNPs who are ready to practice in rural, medically underserved communities in West Tennessee.

Academic-practice partnerships for enhanced FNP interprofessional education and clinical training will occur in two federally qualified health centers—Hardeman County Community Health Center and Lifespan Health—and three rural health clinics—Primary Care Clinic of Trezevant, Miracle Health Care, LLC and Whiteville Family Medical Clinic, LLC. Expanded distance education and onsite training will be provided to FNP students and faculty, preceptors and practice partners on the care of rural and underserved populations in mental health, substance use, opioid abuse, value-based care delivery and quality initiatives, telehealth and other healthcare technology used in rural, underserved clinical settings.

In addition to the ANEW grant, LCON recently received grants from the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Student Engagement, Retention & Success (SERS) and the Tennessee Health Department.

Dr. Jill Dapremont, PI from LCON, and Dr. Sheila Bouie, co-PI from Southwest Tennessee Community College were awarded the Student Engagement, Retention, and Success Grant (SERS) funded by the Tennessee Board of Regents for $24,475.00. The grant entitled, Creating a Learning Community for Minority Nursing Students in an Associate Degree Program that Supports Graduation, Licensure, and Transition to the Baccalaureate Nursing Program” is a pilot initiative that aims to decrease the completion gap for underrepresented minorities in nursing associate degree programs, increase first time licensure pass rates, and increase enrollment in baccalaureate nursing degree programs by providing students with mentoring and guidance to facilitate the transition to a 4-year institution of higher education using a collaborative approach. Dr. Shirleatha Lee will serve as an external consultant for this grant project that will span over the next year.

The Tennessee Health Department awarded Dr. Genae Strong, PI, a three-year, $442,600 Project Diabetes grant for a Lactation Support Program designed to minimize separation of mothers and infants during employment and/or education and protect, support, sustain and optimize the health and well-being of lactating women and their infants. Educating students and the community is the key component of the project. This will be accomplished by:

  • offering lactation training workshops for those interested in learning how to support, protect and promote breastfeeding,
  • organizing breastfeeding educational workshops and classes for members of the community, including supporters of establishing breastfeeding as the norm,
  • launching a campus-wide program to raise awareness of lactation support on campus, and
  • developing a website that provides information to help alleviate confusion as to what assistance or accommodations are offered at the UofM and disseminate information about resources to current and prospective employees and students across all UofM campuses.

“These funded studies enable nursing to continue serving the interests of our communities—preparing high quality family nurse practitioners to serve rural Tennesseans, promoting maternal child health through tailored education, and facilitating RNs with under-represented backgrounds to earn a BSN. We are making significant efforts toward achieving health equity for all," said Dr. Lin Zhan, dean of LCON.