The Lienhard School of Nursing Awarded $750,000+ Federal Grant for Primary Health Care Program

ace University’s the Lienhard School of Nursing was awarded $750,000+ from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Nursing for the outreach project, Primary Health Care for Urban Underserved and At-Risk.

Pleasantville, N. Y. — Pace University’s the Lienhard School of Nursing was awarded $750,000+ from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Nursing for the outreach project, Primary Health Care for Urban Underserved and At-Risk. This funding will provide additional ongoing care for underserved populations and other high-risk groups, such as the elderly, individuals with HIV-AIDS, substance abusers, the homeless, and victims of domestic violence through placing health care providers at community sites throughout the New York area and Westchester County.
“The presence of health care providers at community sites increases the proportion of persons who have a specific source of ongoing health care, and will hopefully help increase the number of nursing graduates that will practice in these underserved areas as a result of clinical experiences as students,” said Dr. Lillie M. Shortridge-Baggett project director, professor and director of international affairs at the Center for Nursing Research, Clinical Practice, and International Affairs.
This 3-year funding will facilitate efforts already in place with several community partners through Pace University’s Primary Health Care Associates (PHCA). The PHCA at the Lienhard School of Nursing was established in 1997 through the School’s Center for Nursing Research, Clinical Practice, and International Affairs. PHCA provides a wide range of primary health care services in a variety of settings through contract agreements with community agencies/clients. The PHCA is staffed with advanced practice nurses, registered nurses with specialized certification, and undergraduate and graduate students who are hired as clinical practice interns.
“Through these partnerships primary care services are available to the community without the need to physically set up additional expensive clinics. It also creates a venue for faculty practice and student clinical experience,” said Jamestta A. Newland, program director and director of clinical practice at LSN.
PHCA provides a wide range of services, including: primary care visits (e.g., annual physicals, acute and chronic illness care, and immunizations), consultation and referral, health case management, health education, summer camp coverage, a Personal Health Management Program (nutrition, physical fitness, and stress management), and training (e.g., first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Every effort is made to also accommodate special needs.
PHCA practice sites are established at the Henry Street Settlement and WE CAN, a bottle and can redemption center for the poor and homeless, in Manhattan. Other agencies include Pathways for Youth, an after school program in the Bronx; Yonkers Spectrum School Health Program, nurse-managed school-based clinics in Yonkers and Greystone Child Care, a pre-kindergarten day care center, also in Yonkers; and St. Christopher-Ottilie Foster Care Adoption Agency in Queens. Other Westchester partners are Ossining Open Door, Hudson River HealthCare in Peekskill, and the Westchester County Department of Health and Department of Social Services. The Bergen County Department of Health Services is a New Jersey partner.

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