About the MHCH 2021-2022 GRNVCLG

The Matson Halverson Christiansen Hamilton (MHCH) Foundation is pleased to announce the first round of grant recipients for their Global Rural Nursing Virtual Collaboration Learning Grant, which provides funding for partnerships between international nursing students and educators to collaborate on rural community health projects.

More information about the grant can be found on the MHCH website.

Grant Recipients

The following groups and organizations have been name recipients of this year’s grant award.

Dr. Colleen McGovern, University of North Carolina – Greensboro

United States

David Olouch, Matibabu Foundation College of Health Sciences School of Nursing

Kenya

Through the INTOUCH -International Nursing Technological Outreach Uniting for Community Health program, the University of North Carolina Greensboro and Matibabu Foundation College of Health Sciences nursing programs will engage undergraduate students in a virtual rural global exchange to collaborate on a community intervention to evaluate and address health concerns in rural settings, impact community health and enhance existing nursing community health curriculums. Through the INTOUCH International Nursing Technological Outreach Uniting for Community Health program, the University of North Carolina Greensboro and Matibabu Foundation College of Health Sciences nursing programs will engage undergraduate students in a virtual rural global exchange to collaborate on a community intervention to evaluate and address health concerns in rural settings, impact community health and enhance existing nursing community health curriculums.

Dr. Gibran Marcus, University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing

United States

Associate Professor Belinda Thandizo Gombachika, Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, Kamuzu College of Nursing

Malawi

The Global Nursing Education Rural Vaccine project will create a collaborative community of faculty and students from Kamuzu University of Health Sciences Kamuzu College of Nursing in Malawi and The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing in Alabama. This community will explore the strengths and challenges faced among rural communities in relation to increasing the uptake of vaccines including those used to prevent COVID-19. The overall purpose of this project is to strengthen the institutional partnership capacity on vaccine education and collaborative nursing education.

Dr. Jessica Smith, University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation

United States

Professor Kim English, Trent/Fleming School of Nursing

Canada

The purpose of this program is to foster a rich learning exchange program between nursing students from the United States (U.S.) and Canada (CA) to help develop an interest in pursuing rural nursing practice and be future nurse leaders capable of developing solutions for increasing rural healthcare access across both countries. Through this international collaboration, nursing students from the U.S. and CA will learn from their local projects and exchange knowledge and ideas about what they are learning with their international colleagues in virtual meetings that may otherwise not have been possible without an international collaboration. This program will help prepare nursing students to join the current rural healthcare workforce in creating sustainable innovations to promote greater equity in rural healthcare access.

Dr. Lisa Feller, University of South Dakota

United States

Gladness Mkawe, RN, Kibosho School of Nursing

United Republic of Tanzania

The proposed Promotion of Global Health Competencies: The Moshi Tanzania –South Dakota rural Community Nursing Program is a collaboration between the Kibosho School of Nursing in Moshi, Tanzania and the University of South Dakota Department of Nursing in Vermillion, South Dakota. Located in rural locations within their respective countries, both schools serve a critical role in nursing workforce development.

Because the world is increasingly interconnected through technology and travel, the need for healthcare providers to develop global health competencies including social justice and equity, holistic care, advocacy, health as a human right, sustainability, and collaboration is essential. In addition, the need for enhancement of skills to promote healthy aging throughout the world has been established. The overarching aim of the proposed project, to promote student development of skills that enhance global collaboration as they learn from each other through the community-based assessment of the rural elderly population, addresses both critical international priorities.

Associate Professor Jean Ross, Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand

Associate Professor Melanie Bish, La Trobe University, Victoria

Australia

This learning grant application partners a collaborative venture between the Nursing Education Institution at the School of Nursing, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand, and the La Trobe Rural Health School, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia. 

We intend to develop an interactive virtual reality film of the rural village of Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire, United Kingdom (the Community Case Study) to enhance the nursing students’ engagement and understanding of this community as they profile and assess this community’s health and identify health needs. We intend to showcase the CHASE model in Action (supported with the virtual reality film of the identified rural community) with all the nursing students. This will encourage the students to share their knowledge from their own countries including the community case study in the UK in relation to rural community development and public health, focused on the mental health of rural youth and COVID-19 lockdowns. 

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