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College of Nursing awarded grant for nursing leadership in rural and underserved areas
Date:8/6/2010

practice nurses capable of providing high quality healthcare in medically underserved urban and rural areas, increasing health promotion and disease prevention in this population, and increasing access to quality healthcare. The target is to enroll at least 20 percent of all students from rural or medically underserved designated areas and enroll at least 10 percent underrepresented minority students.

The program will create and refine 10 new courses that incorporate distance learning methodologies to reduce barriers for nurses who live in the targeted populations of rural Colorado and other states that are part of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher

Education (WICHE). The i-LEAD program features two innovative tools to support distance learners. Building on a well-established model, i-LEAD will use social networking tools to create a learner-centered environment to support, socialize, mentor and connect students who are engaged in computer-mediated learning.

Secondly, i-LEAD learners will be able to interact in the College of Nursing's "Virtual Clinic," where learners interact with each other to simulate decision making. To strengthen the i-LEAD program's collaborative teaching, research, and practice environment, the program will establish at least 18 new partnerships with key professional organizations and health or public health providers/agencies, with particular attention to those who serve rural and medically underserved populations. These partnerships will provide opportunities for students to practice with underserved populations, and positively impact professional organizations and healthcare providers/agencies.

"The i-LEAD graduate program will fill important gaps in the education of future nurse leaders who will manage health care and provide leadership in health care in the rural and urban areas of Colorado," said Patricia Moritz, PhD, FAAN, dean of the College of Nursing. "An important aspect of this new grad
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Contact: Caitlin Jenney
caitlin.jenney@ucdenver.edu
303-315-6376
University of Colorado Denver
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