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UDM Receives Grant to Address Need for Health Care Providers

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August 23, 2014

University of Detroit Mercy is one of three Michigan schools to receive nearly $700,000 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.chp

In an effort to fill the health care employment gap in medically underserved areas, grant money will be used to give tuition support to nurses enrolled in the family nurse practitioner (FNP) program, earning a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).

Full-time students are eligible for the grant, allowing them to receive up to $22,000 per year in scholarship money for two years. It will also be available for part-time students in their final year, providing them up to $11,000 in scholarship money.

“These funds will provide critical support to many of our students, allowing them to complete their education,” said Janet M. Baiardi, Ph.D., FNP-BC, professor and associate dean of UDM’s McAuley School of Nursing.

Baiardi noted that in order to support their families, most students in the program must work while completing their education.

“The family nurse practitioner program focuses on providing care in an urban context, and students have experiences in underserved areas,” explained Baiardi. “Around half of our students come from Detroit, allowing UDM to have a long history of graduates who provide high quality primary care to that region.”

Many students in the program who come from the surrounding tri-county area, especially Detroit, stay and help serve that population.

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