Dean’s Challenge Grant Supports Racial Equity CHNA Tool Creation

FEBRUARY 16, 2017 – For the second time, the Office of the Dean at the School of Nursing & Health Studies issued a Dean’s Challenge grant funding opportunity to faculty and staff.

Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, the school’s dean, yesterday announced winners of the new challenge, which aims to support innovative ideas in the thematic area of health equity.

Christopher King, PhD, FACHE, assistant professor of health systems administration, Susan Coleman, MPH, RN, instructor of professional nursing practice, and Brian Floyd, MS, assistant dean of academic affairs, were picked by a selection committee for their proposal, “Applying a Racial Equity Lens in Community Health Needs Assessments: An IRS Compliant Tool Designed for America’s Not-for-Profit Hospitals.”

‘Health Equity Priority’

“The scope of the project addresses a gap in the field and will offer a contemporary framework – helping not-for-profit hospitals across the nation normalize cross-sector practices that will improve the conditions of historically marginalized communities of color,” King says. “In light of growing discourse on the topic, the university’s commitment to racial justice, and NHS’s health equity priority, the timing is ideal.”

The new award will provide the team with funding from July 1, 2017 until June 30, 2018.

“I was very pleased with the strong proposals we received, which really showed the creative and diverse ways faculty and staff are addressing health equity at our school,” says Cloonan. “I congratulate the winning team, and I look forward to the way their project contributes to our portfolio in this domain.”

The first Dean’s Challenge, issues last academic year, resulted in a new three-credit course on health equity and further community engagement efforts.