The University of Arizona’s (UA) College of Nursing is introducing a project to help improve mental health resources in rural areas and border communities. The program received a $1.7 million grant from US Health Resources and Services Administration in funding to use over four years.
Healthcare is closely tied to the economy and demographics and policies are made for the greater good, which can limit access in rural areas. An article by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists states: “Isolation, culture, and small size are essential characteristics of rural life and are the descriptors of rural experience requiring special attention.”
The principle investigator for the grant and clinical associate professor and director of the UA College of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program Renee Love said,
Arizona has vast areas where people have limited to no access to care. They either have to travel or they don’t get services.
The grant will allow nine mental health nurse practitioner students to gain experience working in “integrated care facilities in rural and underserved areas,” according to the DailyNurse. Over the total of four years, 36 students will participate in the program, but the university hopes to then expand the program beyond the initial four years of grant funding.
As Arizona’s flagship university, it is vitally important that the University of Arizona helps address the needs of our state. This includes providing quality mental health care for everybody who lives here, especially those in communities where access to care is limited.
To read more about what the University of Arizona has to say about the program, visit the College of Nursing’s page.
For more information on the program, click here.
To read more about mental health resources in rural areas, visit the National Register.