Students in a maternity simulation

On Black Maternal Health Mother’s Day, the UNCG School of Nursing is proud to announce it has received a five-year grant to increase diversity in the maternal child health (MCH) nursing workforce.

The grant, funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, is for $153,283 in its first year, starting June 1.

The funds will help the School of Nursing recruit, prepare, and retain nursing students from culturally diverse, underserved, and underrepresented backgrounds to work in MCH and public health. Financial support and expanded MCH educational and leadership opportunities will be provided to students.

Students for the program will be recruited from minority serving high schools, undergraduates at UNCG, and the School of Nursing’s Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

A team of School of Nursing faculty members worked extensively on the grant proposal, including:

  • Dr. Audrey Snyder
  • Dr. Carrie Hill
  • Elizabeth Carlin
  • Dr. Velinda Chapman
  • Kay Cowen
  • Tammy Hall
  • Dr. Victoria Hammett
  • Kymberley Hoffman
  • Dr. Lori Hubbard
  • Crystal Lamb
  • Dr. Colleen McGovern
  • Deb Stanford
  • Dr. Catherine Sykes
  • Jennifer Wilson

MCH in North Carolina continues to have significant racial disparities with historically high infant mortality rates, as well as maternal death rates during childbirth. These rates are impacted by many social, behavioral, and health risk factors.