[CUA Office of Public Affairs]   

                                                                                                May 20, 2005


CUA Nursing Project Teams

to Present Abstracts at

Government Sponsored Conference


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two project teams from The Catholic University of America’s School of Nursing have been invited to present abstracts about their grant-winning programs at the first “All-Grantee Conference,” to be held by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), a division of the federal agency’s Health Resources and Services Administration. The conference will be held June 1-3 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., and is titled “Health Professions: Working for a Healthier America.”


The CUA faculty teams that have been invited to present at the conference will be discussing the winning grants they submitted to HHS in 2002 and 2003. The CUA teams were selected out of a pool of about 128 other BHPr grantees that submitted their abstracts for consideration as presenters. Of that pool, 27 teams were selected to present abstracts on panels and 90 teams were asked to discuss their abstracts in roundtable discussions at the conference.


“The School of Nursing's singularly innovative educational approaches as well, as our excellence, is demonstrated by the selection of two of our grants for showcasing at the All- Grantee Conference,” said Nalini Jairath, dean of CUA’s School of Nursing. “Both these grants reflect our commitment to meeting the healthcare needs of the underserved and vulnerable by preparing culturally competent nurses who, in the words of our Mission Statement, ‘are capable of the moral, intellectual and professional leadership needed to provide continuing quality in clinical nursing care’.”


The first team will represent CUA’s Promoting Healthy Families in Vulnerable Communities program. They will present an abstract about their work as part of a panel entitled "Advanced Practice Nursing: Serving the Underserved.”


We are honored with the distinction of being one of the 27 abstracts chosen to present our innovative blended role program to our colleagues from across the country,” said Eileen Sarsfield, project manager for the Healthy Families project.


The Promoting Healthy Families program was awarded $769,800 by HHS in 2002, to prepare more students for a blended role of family nurse practitioner and community/public health clinical nurse specialist.  Graduates of the program are family nurse practitioners prepared to assess, manage, treat and evaluate the health status of vulnerable individuals, families and communities. They also are community/public health clinical nurse specialists educated to plan, direct, implement and evaluate population-based, family oriented health care in culturally sensitive ways.  For more information about the program visit http://nursing.cua.edu/graduate/msn/cvp/families/.


Other project faculty and staff include Sister Rosemary Donley and Sharon Dudley-Brown, project co-directors; Sister Mary Jean Flaherty, project faculty; and Heidi Maloni and Laura Taylor the project teaching assistants.


The second CUA program to present at the conference will be the Latino Nursing Career Opportunity Program, headed up by Project Director Carmen Ramirez and Project Coordinator Judith Jones. Other project staff include teaching assistants Christine Cunningham, Barbara Dominguez, Katia Reinert and Melissa Sanchez.  Ramirez was invited to discuss the abstract as part of a roundtable discussion at the conference and also to participate as a panelist discussing Core Level Performance Measures.


The Latino nursing career program was launched in 2003 after HHS Health Resources and Services Administration funded CUA’s $868,900 grant proposal, plus an additional $40,000 in supplemental scholarship monies to start an academic program that aids in recruiting and retaining more Hispanic nursing students. The program seeks to improve access to quality health care by promoting a diverse and culturally competent work force. It prepares Latino students in the District of Columbia and Montgomery County, Md., to successfully enter and complete a bachelor of science in nursing degree program. See more about the program at http://nursing.cua.edu/latino/.


“This conference will be a good opportunity for HRSA grantees to share ideas and learn from each other,” Ramirez said. “And it’s rewarding to know that our program has been selected as a model for discussion among our peers.”


MEDIA: For more information about CUA’s participation in the conference or to learn more

             about School of Nursing faculty and programs, contact Chris Harrison in the Office

 of Public Affairs at harrisoc@cua.edu or call 202-319-5600.




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