Greenville health board awards Clemson $2.6M to study diabetes, improve nurse diversity

Julie Spitzer - Print  | 

The Greenville (S.C.) Health Authority board awarded Clemson (S.C.) University $2.66 million for diabetes prevention and nurse practitioner diversity efforts.

Of the awards, $2.25 million will fund the Integrated Services for Diabetes Prevention and Management program, which is co-led by Clemson's department of public health sciences, Clemson Cooperative Extension and Greenville Health System. The program is a five-year diabetes research initiative that tracks patients' health outcomes to reduce diabetes incidence, with the ultimate goal of improving the community's health status.

Additionally, $410,000 was granted to the university's nursing school to provide scholarships to increase the state's nurse practitioner diversity. The grant is earmarked to offer scholarships to 10 students from underrepresented backgrounds per year for the next two years.

"As a population, we are becoming more diverse. While progress has been made in improving health equity and addressing and reducing health disparities, there are still racial, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic differences in healthcare access and health outcomes," said Clemson School of Nursing Associate Director Margaret Ann Wetsel, PhD.

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