UOG Nursing School Gets $1.2M Grant for Guam/Micronesia Health Education Center

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Guam – The University of Guam’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences has received 1.2 million dollars from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for the Guam/Micronesia Area Health Education Center (AHEC) grant.

The funding will support AHEC grant objectives including the recruitment of students into primary care and public health careers and providing interdisciplinary training and continuing education for health professionals in Guam, the Marshall Islands, Pohnpei, Chuuk and Kosrae.

This marks the second year of funding for the AHEC grant and a notable 38 percent increase from year-one funding.

Through the collaborative efforts of the UOG’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences with the John Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Guam will also receive funding to support the purchase and set up of a simulated manikin for Guam Memorial Hospital to use for training purposes.  This will provide an expanded opportunity to keep staffing skills current and provide more training for nursing students during their clinical experiences.

The University of Guam was designated as the program office for the Guam/Micronesia Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in 2009 in partnership with the University of Hawaii, the Guam Community College, the College of Micronesia, the College of the Marshall Islands, and the Pacific Islands Health Officers Association.

The goal of the Guam/Micronesia AHEC is to improve the health of the underserved through collaborative regional training initiatives across the Micronesian region. This area has some of the highest health workforce shortage ratings, and greatest health and education disparities in the US.  The Guam/Micronesian Area Health Education Center emphasizes community-based interisland training for healthcare providers and students while enhancing health career education and recruitment from elementary to community college levels.

For more information on the Area Health Education Center grant, contact Karen Cruz, AHEC Program Director, at 735-2650 or kcruz@uguam.uog.edu.