With the recent changes in healthcare, industry, public and private reimbursement for health services, communities struggle to maintain optimal wellness with a lack of providers and access to resources. Arizona in particular has experienced significant changes in service delivery and rural areas are disproportionately affected. These changes have increased the number of health care providers needed to serve rural communities and underserved populations. This not only affects access to routine care, preventive maintenance and urgent care issues, but it also impacts the functional health of many in our state. In partnership with the Area Health Education Center (AHEC), ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI) will assist in the education and clinical practice of graduate nurses in shortage areas with the goal to increase access to care in medically underserved (MUA) and rural areas. The College of Nursing currently has clinical mentors in rural areas of Maricopa, Pinal, Gila, Yuma and Yavapai Counties ready and willing to accept students in clinical experience rotations. It is proposed that that to enhance the clinical experience of working with rural and MUA, the scholarship committee within the college will collaborate with GVAHEC director Ellen Owens-Summo to provide networking opportunities for AHEC program students to participate as fellows with other concurrent scholar/fellow opportunities offered in the college. As the relationship between the GVAHEC and the college is already well established, these opportunities for practice and scholarship are readily available to our students. The aim of this approach is to assist students to develop knowledge and expertise in the unique challenges of working in rural and medically underserved areas (MUA), along with the relevant health and access issues these populations face. In addition, the collaboration offers opportunities for scholarship and support for clinical experiences in the identified rural or MUAs. The project team will design the clinical experience to include not only placement in these designated areas, but also with an emphasis on mentorship. Students will be paired with two mentors; one clinical professional and one academic faculty. It is expected that this mentor relationship will further enhance the clinical experience through development of learning goals, and assist students in expanding an awareness of health disparities. The goal will be to foster positive experiences through the clinical experience and mentorship, which will further encourage the fellow to remain in one of the AHEC areas upon graduation. ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation has had a successful past record of students engaging in these opportunities, and remaining in the designated rural and medically underserved areas long after their sponsored clinical rotations have ended. Many continue to work on doctoral projects in the sponsoring clinic, have taken public or private employment in these areas after graduation, and a few have even applied to the US Public Health Service after graduation as long term career goals. It is the aim of the college to continue to foster service learning in these areas with the goal of providing interested students the opportunity to see firsthand the challenges and rewards of working rural health.
|Effective start/end date||1/11/12 → 12/31/12|
- Arizona State Lottery: $75,000.00
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