November 29th, 2010
Thanks to a five-year $2.9 million grant from the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration, New York University (NYU) students who are pursuing nursing degrees are now able to test their skills on the road with the new Mobile Health Van Program.
The College of Nursing program, named “Feeling Good in Your Neighborhood,” is a community-based project that is designed to help high school students from immigrant families whose healthcare needs have not been met.
Students, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers and other professionals ride the van daily, and visit several Brooklyn schools. Healthcare services are administered in what school officials refer to as a “friendly” and “safe” environment.
The goal is to improve health outcomes for an underserved student population that may not have school-based health services. In addition, school officials hope to turn the program into a self-sustainable organization within the next five years.
“The Mobile Health Van Program, over time, will have established itself as a financially self-sufficient, replicable model of nurse-managed, community-based primary care,” says Terry Fulmer, NYU College of Nursing dean.
Students who are enrolled in NYU’s nursing program are encouraged to volunteer.
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