The Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University has received a three-year, $1.11 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that will be used to help diversify the nursing workforce, the college announced last week.
The grant will be used to address health disparities for minorities, which refers to increased disease and decreased healthcare among certain minority groups, which the school says results in unnecessary health costs for everyone.
In addition to extra funding for recruitment, retention and leadership, the money will also be spent on partnerships with middle schools in an effort to get minority children interested in the nursing field.
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