Oct 3, 2012    #126
Contact: John Martellaro

UMKC School of Nursing receives $1.5 million grant to address urban health disparities

Grant will fund collaborative effort with Schools of Dentistry, Pharmacy

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing, in collaboration with the Schools of Dentistry and Pharmacy, has received a three-year grant of nearly $1.5 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to fund the creation and expansion of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice models at two Kansas City area community health clinics.

The grant will support the expansion of existing ICP services at Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center and the creation of an ICP model at Hope Family Care Center, which will include clinical teams comprised of faculty and students from UMKC's nursing, dentistry and pharmacy schools and the clinical staff at Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center and Hope Family Health Center.

"This grant is exciting opportunity for our three schools to collaborate and aligns nicely with our ongoing efforts to alleviate the growing health disparities gap in the urban core of Kansas City," said Lora Lacey-Haun, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing. "It will also provide a unique opportunity for our students to participate as members of a collaborative health care team."

The goal of this project is to create an atmosphere of seamless health care delivery in which each member of the team takes responsibility for developing or contributing to a comprehensive health care plan for patients at the Rodgers and Hope Family clinics.

"This grant provides opportunities for advanced practice nurses to re-conceptualize roles and bridge gaps as primary care providers," said Susan Kimble, D.N.P., clinical associate professor, program director for the School of Nursing MSN and DNP Programs and principal investigator for the grant. "It will also allow us to extend the reach of our interprofessional efforts through placement of nursing, pharmacy, and dental students as members of health care teams, while serving the most vulnerable populations within Kansas City's urban core."

"The UMKC School of Nursing has a long history of community engagement and in addressing health disparities," said Leo Morton, UMKC Chancellor. "This project is another example of the School's determination in collaborative practice while engaging with the community and will advance UMKC's effort to establish a strong interdisciplinary clinical education program for our health professions students."

About the UMKC School of Nursing

The UMKC School of Nursing offers a full range of education programs including a four-year bachelor's degree (BSN), an RN-BSN, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) and the Ph.D. in Nursing. Research at the UMKC School of Nursing is focused on Women's and Children's health and the school is a center of excellence in the provision of health care and education in these areas, emphasizing urban health care and wellness. For more information about the UMKC School of Nursing, visit You can also find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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