The WSU College of Nursing hosted its third annual Contemporary Issues in Urban Health Conference: Building Healthier Communities through Nursing Science on April 17, 2019 in the Student Center ballroom on Wayne State’s main campus. Dean Laurie M. Lauzon Clabo noted that, “For nearly 75 years, the college has made significant impacts on urban health. We’ve done this through our clinical and community partnerships, research and education. The conference is a fitting extension of our commitment to advance nursing science while focusing on urban health and health promotion particularly for vulnerable, underserved populations.”
Contemporary Issues in Urban Health: Building Healthier Communities through Nursing Science attendees will learn how nursing science impacts urban communities–especially in diverse and underserved populations.
The goal of the free April 13, 2019 event is to educate Detroit youth about health promotion and disease prevention specific to health issues affecting their age group. These health issues include but are not limited to obesity, STDs, HIV, AIDS, teen pregnancy, bullying, and depression.
The 2019 theme is: "Stomping Out" Mental Health Stigma (Depression, Anger, Guilt, Hopelessness, Sadness)
Feleta Wilson, PhD, MPH, BSN, FAAN (August 25, 1945 – January 29, 2019), a long-standing Wayne State University associate professor of nursing, recently passed away. The local memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, February 4 at the Unity Baptist Church, 7500 Tireman Ave, in Detroit. She will be laid to rest Saturday, February 9, 2019 in Greenville, South Carolina. “Dr. Wilson was a model nurse, outstanding faculty member and fierce community advocate. She embodied the mission of the College of Nursing through her excellence in teaching, research and service,” said Dean Laurie M. Lauzon Clabo.
The Workforce Diversity grant is designed to bring students from diverse communities into the College of Nursing and ultimately graduate them into the workforce. For Nauja Swann, who started her third year of college at Wayne State University in fall 2018, it’s helping her achieve a childhood dream.
Inspiring and empowering students to prepare for college and academic success through immersive explorations of STEM and health fields has earned Wayne State’s C2 Pipeline program recognition unlike any other in the nation.
The program, which is sponsored by the Wayne State College of Nursing and funded through the Michigan Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, was recently awarded AdvancEd STEM Certification. AdvancEd is a non-profit, non-partisan school credentialing organization that also studies STEM curriculum standards and supports continuous assessment and improvement in educational efforts to meet real world career needs and demands.
Dr. Ramona Benkert and colleague Belinda Aberle were recently awarded a $2.6 million Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) grant to help do just that. Benkert’s proposal, “Primary Care-Community Health Immersion Program in Detroit (PC-Chip in the D),” received four years of funding to address these training gaps. The proposal includes a sustainability plan that will ensure the continuation of activities beyond federal funding.
The Wayne State University College of Nursing recently received substantial endowment funds from Dr. Virginia Hill Rice (‘65) to establish an annual lectureship on nursing science and healthcare. “Dr. Hill’s generous endowment recognizes the stature of the work done in the college,” said Dean Laurie M. Lauzon Clabo.