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.
The following groups and organizations have been name recipients of this year’s grant award.
Dr. Colleen McGovern, University of North Carolina – Greensboro
David Olouch, Matibabu Foundation College of Health Sciences School of Nursing
Dr. Gibran Marcus, University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing
Associate Professor Belinda Thandizo Gombachika, Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, Kamuzu College of Nursing
Dr. Jessica Smith, University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Professor Kim English, Trent/Fleming School of Nursing
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
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
Associate Professor Melanie Bish, La Trobe University, Victoria
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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