The University of Tennessee College of Nursing has been awarded a $3.7 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide quality mental health care services to underrepresented and minority rural communities by seeing insured patients and uninsured, through nurses. Physician-driven mobile health units and telehealth devices.
Title project Mobile Health Training: Underrepresented Providers and Underrepresented Populations (UP & UP) will help educate underrepresented and minority students in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses (PMHNP) BSN in DNP and certification programs by providing a full scholarship to 18 students.
Selected students and their PMHNP leader provide telehealth services in Hamblen, McMinn, Morgan, Monroe, Sevier counties through mobile health care clinics one day per week.
This project will help strengthen diversity in the field of nursing. It not only provides funding to increase the number of diverse and underrepresented students in the PMHNP program, but will also help address the mental health needs of rural Tennessee communities.”
Mary Johnson, project director, PMHNP concentration coordinator and clinical assistant professor
Another component of the project is the integration of social determinants of health, health equity and access to care, health education, culturally sensitive care, leadership and communication concepts into the current PMHNP educational curriculum to improve patient health outcomes.
HRSA, an agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services, is the lead federal agency for improving health care for people who are geographically, economically, or medically isolated.
“The prevalence of mental health disorders is highest among those living in the Appalachian regions of Tennessee,” said Allyson Neal, assistant dean of graduate programs. “This fact coupled with limited services for rural residents creates health disparities. This grant will impact the lives of rural Tennesseans by bringing them care and training PMHNP to overcome challenges unique to this population.”
The project started on July 1 and will last for four years.