The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio was one of two recipients of funding from the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation Hillman Innovations in Care Program in November.
The grant was awarded to Julie C. Novak, DNSc, RN, CPNP, FAANP, FAAN, vice dean for practice and engagement, and director of the UT Nursing Clinical Enterprise, the faculty practice of the School
UTHSCSA and the other first-round grant winner, The Michigan State University College of Nursing, will each receive $600,000 over three years, according to a news release.
UTHSCSA is using the funding to expand a new model that provides integrated health services at local Head Start/Early Start sites, according to the release. The project is a partnership with AVANCE-San Antonio, a nonprofit that encourages at-risk families to break the cycle of poverty by combining early childhood development and intensive parenting education. Grant funding will allow the team to offer nurse-provided preventive and primary care services at three sites not just to the enrolled children but also to their parents and siblings, more than tripling the number of children and families served.
The Hillman Innovations in Care program seeks bold, creative, patient- and family-centered approaches that challenge conventional strategies, improve health outcomes, lower costs and enhance patient and family caregiver experience, according to the release. The foundation is particularly interested in maternal and child health, care of the older adult and chronic illness management. The program will award two grants of up to $600,000 each in late 2015.
2015 initial deadline March 16
Last year, more than 260 applications from across the country were received for the grants, according to the release. A formal request for proposals for the 2015 grant cycle was released by the foundation in February, with brief initial applications due March 16.
For more information
For more information, visit www.RAHF.org/Grant-Programs/Hillman-Innovations-in-Care-Program/.