UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA – COLLEGE OF NURSING AND MHC HEALTHCARE IN COMBATTING OPIOID MISUSE
University Of Arizona and MHC Healthcare joined forces in tackling opioid misuse lead by a clinical associate professor at the University of Arizona’s College of Nursing, Rene Love and this partnership is made possible by an $821,000 grant awarded to UA College of Nursing from the Health Resources and Service Administration.
Love’s project, Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training program, aims to increase the number of psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners in rural, border and medically underserved communities, partnering with UA researchers and students with MHC Healthcare in Marana, Arizona.
"We're not only going to train our students, but we've got some funding to help train more of MHC's staff in medication-assisted treatment," Love said. "MHC will get some funding to hire a nurse practitioner to help provide services for patients, oversee students and partner with us to help develop educational components for the students and faculty."
Research shows that, the overdose rate in Pima County for 2016 was 21.9 per 100,000 people which is much higher than the state average of 16.9 per 100,000. Part of the problem is that rural health care providers don't have the same opportunities to receive training in behavioral health concerning opioid use.
The grant and the partnership project will be put to use training healthcare providers in Pima County on how to better handle opioid misuse.
Erudite Nursing Institute encourage health providers to develop and create programs to better handle opioid misuse to better serve communities and to save lives as well.
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