School of Nursing gets $1.5M to improve clinics’ care

Kansas City Business Journal
David Twiddy, Reporter
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing has received a three-year, $1.5 million federal grant to help improve medical services at two area community health clinics.

Announced Wednesday, the grant comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The nursing school, working with UMKC’s dental and pharmacy schools, will create clinical teams of faculty and students from the three schools and members of the clinical staffs of Samuel Rodgers Health Center and Hope Family Health Center. The teams will work together to develop more comprehensive health care plans for patients at the clinics.

“This grant is an exciting opportunity for our three schools to collaborate and aligns nicely with our ongoing efforts to alleviate the growing health disparities gap in the urban core of Kansas City,” Lora Lacey-Haun, the nursing school’s dean, said in a release.

Samuel Rodgers already uses a limited version of this team-based approach, which will be expanded. The strategy is new to Hope Family Health.