Fund boosts Regis College’s Haiti Project

The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund has announced a nearly half-million-dollar grant to Regis College, Weston, Mass., to educate faculty at six Haitian nursing schools.

The $463,000 grant was made to Regis’ Haiti Project to assist in providing 24 Haitian educators with MSN degrees. These nurses, in turn, will be able to pass that education along to 1,650 students each year. The program has a multiplier effect on Haiti by sustaining nursing jobs, promoting healthcare standards, and transforming the health sector, all while filling a need for skilled Haitian healthcare workers.

“All of us who work with Haiti know that collaboration from inside – from the Haitian Ministry of Health and Haitian universities – is the best kind of collaboration,” Regis College President Antoinette M. Hays, RN, PhD, said in a news release. “That is what this Regis international nursing faculty partnership is all about, as it educates the educators in nursing in Haiti.”

The grant was welcome news for Regis and its faculty.

“The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund’s support of our work is a dream come true,” Nancy White Street, RN, ScD, director of the Regis College Haiti Project, said in the release. “I always knew we were doing something very special; although we were a small team, our spirit and conviction were mighty.”

The Haiti Project emerged in 2011 after three years of planning and development. It has evolved with the collaboration of Partners In Health, a Boston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality healthcare to populations devastated by poverty and disease. Initial funding for Regis’ Haiti Project included an anonymous donor to PIH and support from the Ansara Family Fund at the Boston Foundation.

In keeping with the theme of “Building Haiti Back Better,” the Regis College Haiti Project is an educate-the-educator model that is building constructive pathways for nursing education to help build the human infrastructure of Haiti’s health system. The Project supports a sequencing of some classes in Haiti, online and during summer residencies on the Regis campus.

The Clinton Bush fund was started after the devastating Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

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