Cal State Fullerton in Orange County is quite a distance from the San Bernardino Mountain towns of Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs, but a federal grant is bringing them together to expand women’s health care in those communities.
Cal State Fullerton’s School of Nursing said the grant, expected to total $1.4 million, is from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. First-year funding is $698,801.
The nursing school has a partnership with Mountains Community Hospital Rural Health Clinic, and will use the grant to place nurse-midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner trainees at facilities in Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs.
The goal is to expand women’s health services in places that are difficult to recruit and retain obstetrician-gynecologist physicians and nurse practitioners, and to create a pipeline for nursing professional to serve in rural communities, the school said in a statement.
The school also has a similar program for downtown Los Angeles. There will be 40 traineeships available in spring 2018, but the release did not say how the students will be distributed in the program.