Clemson secures $4M grant to support mobile health care to rural areas.

PositionClemson University School of Nursing

TheClemson University School of Nursinghas received a grant totaling nearly $4 million to help educate nurses on mobile health and ultimately increase the workforce to take health care to patients in rural areas.

The grant, "Go Mobile: Rural, nurse-led expansion and education of diverse workforce practice for underserved populations in Appalachian and Midlands, South Carolina," was funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

The grant aims to provide educational programs whose graduates will increase the number of registered nurses with diverse backgrounds providing nursing services to diverse, rural and underserved populations in the Appalachian and Midlands regions of the state according to a news release. In addition, the grant is intended to enhance interprofessional partnerships between the Clemson University School of Nursing with two statewide health care systems: Prisma Health and the S.C. Department of Mental Health. Both have mobile vans, and the grant will pay for nurses and nursing faculty to join those mobile van team members to provide care in in Oconee and Orangeburg counties.

The school will admit a diverse cohort of 45 financially supported students for 80 hours of immersion in expanded nurse-led mobile health practice sites.

Common barriers to rural populations seeking medical care are lack of transportation, medical costs or lack of insurance. According to a 2019 report, out of 46 S.C. counties, Oconee County ranked 11th for health outcomes and 14.5% of adults delay medical care due to costs; Orangeburg County ranked 37th for health outcomes and 17.1% of adults delay medical care due to costs.

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