FY17: AHEC Rural Scholars

Project: Research project

Project Details


FY17: AHEC Rural Scholars Rural Health Practice Program (RHPP) and RHPP Interprofessional Education (RHPP-IPE) Fellowship (FY17) In accordance with the mission of the Arizona Rural Health Professions Program (RHPP), this proposal aims to provide clinical opportunities for graduate nursing students (primary care nurse practitioners) to work in rural and Medically Underserved Area (MUA) communities throughout the state, while fostering interprofessional educational opportunities that stimulate and cultivate students' interest in careers in rural/MUA settings. This project aims to meet the needs of rural/MUA communities in an effort to reduce disparity in health status and health outcomes in vulnerable Arizona residents by offering student clinical experiences that foster the AZAHEC mission of recruitment, diversity, distribution, and retention of culturally competent primary healthcare personnel. In addition, students will have opportunities to experience Interprofessional Education (IPE) clinical learning through the IPE Curriculum included. The ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI) program goals include enhanced clinical experience of working with rural and MUA while completing the primary care rotations that support and nurture students' interest in careers in rural/MUA primary care settings and interprofessional collaboration. 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, along with the relevant health and access issues these populations face. In addition, the collaboration offers opportunities for scholarship and support for interdisciplinary 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 familiar with the AHEC and/or IPE program. It is expected that this mentor relationship will further enhance the clinical experience through development of learning goals, collaborative care models, 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. The ASU CONHI scholarship committee chair, the interprofessional education (IPE) program director, and Student Health Outreach for Wellness (SHOW) director will collaborate with regional AHEC directors to provide educational outreach and professional networking opportunities. In addition, longitudinal rotations are available for nurse practitioner students (up to 18 months) in some practice sites. This process will meet AHEC requirements of providing opportunities for students to experience practice challenges and interpersonal gratification of rural/MUA health practice while fostering therapeutic and professional relationships between students and rural/MUA healthcare providers from a variety of disciplines. Both the IPE Center and SHOW program will facilitate establishing partnerships among rural/MUA sites, practitioners, faculty, and interprofessional students to meet the objectives of RHPP and/or RHPP-IPE. The longitudinal NP clinical rotations provide students, preceptors, and sites opportunity for IPE team development, IPE patient cohort and community assessment for long-term continuity and social embeddedness, furthering the aims of preparing primary care professionals to remain in target areas upon graduation.
Effective start/end date7/1/166/30/17


  • OTHER: Arizona Public University (ABOR): $86,200.00


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