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Dr. Mary Wakefield, administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) visits with a student veteran.

College of Health Sciences nets Landmark grant to help student veterans, patients

JU was one of only nine institutions to receive an Health and Human Services (HHS) grant, and it is one of the largest it has won in the past half-decade. The funding is part of the Veterans’ Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Program (VBSN) of HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration. “The Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program recognizes the valuable skills and experience of our veterans, while addressing the nation’s nursing workforce needs,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a news release announcing the grants. The Veterans Affairs funding combines efforts from JU’s Nursing and Speech-Pathology programs to help rural veterans with swallow/respiratory problems. In-home video telehealth monitoring and other advanced methods will be employed.

Paying attention to trends in health care education and research is paying off for the JU College of Health Sciences and its students. During the 2013/2014 academic year, the College won:

  • $870,000 from the Health Resources and Human Services agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to recruit hundreds more student veterans to the School of Nursing and help them excel as they pursue bachelor’s degrees in nursing.
  • $190,000 from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to study the role of coughing in protecting the airways of patients with swallowing disorders.
  • $141,659 from the Department of Veterans Affairs to help in the care of rural veterans with respiratory and swallow disorders.
  • $44,883 from The Florida Blue Foundation for the three-year project to help develop training modules that will help nurses improve the quality and safety of the health care systems in which they work.