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MHCH Announces 2022-2023 Grant Application Period is Open

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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GRNEN at the 2021 International Rural Nursing Conference

Presentation of "Virtual Engagement: A Global Rural Nurse Exchange Network"

GRNEN founders Lisa Feller and Audrey Snyder recently presented the vision and progress of the Global Rural Nursing Exchange Network to attendees at the 2021 International Rural Nursing Conference. This annual conference is always a great way to gather with other rural nurses, and this year was no exception!

Please enjoy the video below. And our thanks to the IRNC for graciously allowing us to share this video with you!

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2021 International Rural Nursing Conference Registration

Although the live portion of the 2021 Conference has ended, registration for online access to online sessions continues through the beginning of September.  

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A Global Rural Collaboration

A Global Rural Collaboration: Student Nurses' Engaging with Community Health Assessment Sustainable Education (CHASE) Model to Reduce Health Disparities

September 22, 2021*

Topic:

Nurses act as community development practitioners, to reduce health disparities in partnership with community stakeholders. It is therefore imperative student nurse learners experience community development work, as part of their primary health care clinical placements. Through the School of Nursing, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand these learners have engaged with an education and research team, who profiled the rural English town of Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire, United Kingdom, illustrated in this webinar presentation.

In this webinar, we promote discussion about community development, models and strategies to reduce health disparities amongst participants.

Session 1

Session 2

About the Speakers

Jean Ross

Jean Ross RN, BN, MA Nursing, PhD, FCNA (NZ) is associate professor in nurs­ing at Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand. She has more than 25 years’ experience of working with the rural nursing workforce including the areas of research and education. Jean’s work with rural nurses began in 1994 with the establishment of the National Centre for Rural Health in New Zealand, of which she was co-director. Jean has published two books and numerous journal publications.

Keith Whiddon

Keith Whiddon B.Ed (Hons) London, has been a local authority inspector/adviser and a passionate advocate on how new technologies transform learning and teaching. Having taken early retirement Keith moved to Shropshire 6 years ago and is now a full-time musician. He chairs the Bishop’s Castle Community Partnership and is a College governor.

Subjects That Matter Most Webinar Series

We invite you to participate in a shared experience as the Global Rural Nursing Exchange Network (GRNEN) brings forth the Subjects That Matter Most Series. This webinar series is designed to host speakers and content experts that provoke important discussions critical to rural nursing.

A nurse in a rural Brazilian town administers a covid 19 vaccine.

Public Health Nursing’s Role during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Our second webinar of the Subjects That Matters Most Series offered in collaboration between the Global Rural Nursing Exchange Network (GRNEN) and the Rural Nurse Organization (RNO).

Topics:

  • Provide an overview of public health priorities during the pandemic.
  • Describe the role of public health nursing leadership in the community.
  • Apply the role of public health nursing to the education of the public during the Coronavirus pandemic.

About the Speaker

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Audrey Snyder, PhD, RN, ACNP

is an associate professor and associate dean for Practice and Innovation in the School of Nursing at the University of Northern Carolina-Greensboro. Audrey’s clinical and research interests include nursing education, rural underserved populations and evaluating methods to improve access to care in the US and globally, emergency medicine, disaster preparedness, and response, engaging communities, and international health and nursing history. She is a dynamic education and healthcare professional, with 35 years as a nurse and 20 as a nurse practitioner. She is certified as an Acute Care and Family Nurse Practitioner and gained a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Virginia in 2007. She is president of the International Rural Nurses Organization.

Subjects That Matter Most Webinar Series

We invite you to participate in a shared experience as the Global Rural Nursing Exchange Network (GRNEN) brings forth the Subjects That Matter Most Series. This webinar series is designed to host speakers and content experts that provoke important discussions critical to rural nursing.

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2021-2022 Global Rural Nursing Virtual Collaboration Learning Grant

Submissions now open for the 2021-2022 Global Rural Nursing Virtual Collaboration Learning Grant (GRNVCLG)!

Receive funding to implement a rural nursing learning opportunity, while working virtually with nurse educators and students from around the globe!

The Matson Halverson Christiansen Hamilton (MHCH) Foundation Global Rural Nursing Virtual Collaboration Learning Grant (GRNVCLG) provides funding that promotes collaboration, learning and global connections. Applicants must partner with an international university or organization and co-apply, so that nursing students and nurse educators can collaborate in virtual learning environments on rural population health projects. This grant opportunity encourages:

  • An improved understanding of different rural cultures and population health concerns
  • The use of virtual networking tools
  • On-going global relationships and connections
  • Creative sharing of results

2021-2022 Grant Opportunity

  • Four sets of co-applicants will be awarded a $5,000 grant.
  • Funding will be split 50/50 between international co-applicants so that each receives $2,500.
  • Grant funding must be used between August 2021–May 2022. 
  • The deadline to apply is July 15, 2021.

Submission Deadline: July 15, 2021

Updates and Frequent Asked Questions:

Are educators and students of nursing programs that are not working towards a BSN degree eligible to apply for this grant? Yes! This grant is also open to programs that offer nursing diplomas. Doctoral candidates and programs are also encouraged to apply.

Interested in participating but don’t have a partner to collaborate with? Reach out to us and we will connect you! Contact Corey at corey@mhch.org 

My country’s internet connection prevents me from using the online form to submit my grant application. Is there another way to submit the grant application? Yes, while the use of the online form is preferred, the application information and additional documents can be emailed to corey@mhch.org.

My device doesn’t allow me to open the grant application pdf. Can I get the information in a different format? Yes! A Microsoft Word version of the grant application can be downloaded here.

Physician holding a mask and stethoscope.

Finding Your Wellbeing PPE (Personal Protective Emotions)

Join us for the kickoff of the Subjects That Matters Most Series offered every other month in collaboration between the Global Rural Nursing Exchange Network (GRNEN) and the Rural Nurse Organization (RNO).

Topics:

  •  Describe the impact of Covid-19 on nurses.
  • Identify key elements of a well-being self-assessment and plan for one change in your self care.
  • Recognize opportunities for growth in the midst of challenges during Covid-19.
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About the Speakers

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Jeffrey Leichter Ph.D., L.P.

Licensed Psychologist (Minnesota, Arizona, Michigan)
Lead Administrator, Behavioral Health Integration
Sanford Health Enterprise Clinic Services

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Rich Preussler, M.A., L.P.C.C.

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (North Dakota)
Director of Patient and Community Education
Dept. Learning, Education, and Development (LEAD)
Human Resources
Sanford Health

Subjects That Matter Most Webinar Series

We invite you to participate in a shared experience as the Global Rural Nursing Exchange Network (GRNEN) brings forth the Subjects That Matter Most Series. This webinar series is designed to host speakers and content experts that provoke important discussions critical to rural nursing.