OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University's Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions has received a federal grant worth nearly half a million dollars to provide health care training to rural communities. The money is aimed at addressing the shortage of nurses and health professionals in Utah and around the nation.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded WSU $481,250 to be used to develop desktop video conferencing of health care courses, which could be accessed in rural areas. The money will help develop video courses in nursing, respiratory therapy, emergency care and rescue, and clinical laboratory sciences. Courses will be available in fall 2004.
"Using state of the art technology, we'll be able to take courses taught at the Ogden campus and deliver them to remote sites, diminishing the need for students and faculty to travel," said Craig Gundy, acting dean of the Dumke College of Health Professions, who will direct the project.
WSU's outreach efforts will provide the needed professional education and training to residents in rural communities so they can work as health care professionals in those under-represented areas.
The grant is for one year, with an option to renew for two additional years if federal appropriations are available. The money will be used to expand upon existing programs' outreach efforts. In some cases, it will allow for additional faculty to be hired.
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