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Lewis University receives grant to reduce mental health care disparities

Lewis University in Romeoville received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to enhance behavioral health education and training.

The HRSA grant is meant to address workforce shortages that lead to inadequate access to treatment and result in health care disparities experienced by people of color and low-income communities, according to a news release.

“This grant will fund our program as it focuses on integrating competencies in child/adolescent health, inter-professional collaboration, youth violence, and telehealth into courses and field placement,” Ellen Thursby, an associate professor of social work and the project director, said in the release.

In the next four years, Lewis University said 60 students in its graduate social work program and 45 students in its graduate nursing program are expected to benefit.

“We’re excited to partner again with HRSA on preparing our students to address behavioral healthcare shortages,” Christopher Sindt, Lewis University’s provost, said in a statement. “This investment in Lewis University’s preparation of professionals with a liberal arts education recognizes our Lasallian institution’s influence on the community.”

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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