$1.5 Million HRSA Grant Provides Mental Health Care Help

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$1.5 Million HRSA Grant to Lewis University Helps Reduce Mental Health Care Disparities

Published: July 6, 2021.

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded a $1.5 million Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grant in Clinical Social Work and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners to Lewis University.

The HRSA grant is to address workforce shortages that lead to inadequate access to treatment and result in health care disparities among the target population in African-American, Latino, and low-income communities.

“This grant will fund our program as it focuses on integrating competencies in child/adolescent health, interprofessional collaboration, youth violence, and telehealth into courses and field placement,” said Dr. Ellen Thursby, associate professor of social work and project director. Drs. Doris Van Byssum, associate professor of nursing, and John Halloran, chair and assistant professor of social work, are also collaborating on the Lewis University initiative.

In the next four years, 60 students in the Lewis University Master of Social Work program and 45 students in the Lewis University Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - Master of Science in Nursing program are expected to benefit from the program.

“We’re excited to partner again with HRSA on preparing our students to address behavioral healthcare shortages. This investment in Lewis University’s preparation of professionals with a liberal arts education recognizes our Lasallian institution’s influence on the community,” Dr. Christopher Sindt, provost, commented.

Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,300 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.



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