GREELEY — The United Health Foundation, a nonprofit established by UnitedHealthGroup, Monday has awarded a $1.5 million grant to the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence.
The three-year grant was presented at the University of Northern Colorado and will enable the center to recruit and train 39 Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Behavioral Health Fellows to earn their Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate.
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The grant enables the 39 nurses to provide behavioral health care services to an estimated additional 12,000 rural Colorado patients annually – increasing the capacity of rural clinics to provide behavioral health care services by approximately 25 percent.
“The Center’s vision is to transform health care through workforce innovation and this generous grant from the United Health Foundation will help us do that,” Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence CEO Ingrid Johnson said in a prepared statement. “Colorado’s population is growing and changing rapidly so we need new approaches like this behavioral health fellowship program to meet residents’ health needs, especially in rural communities.”
The Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence is a nursing workforce-focused organization that works with more than 175 clinical and educational partners in Colorado.