Le Moyne has received three awards from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation totaling nearly $600,000. These grants will each support a distinct aspect of the healthcare community in Central New York. The Purcell School of Professional Studies will work closely with other areas of the College to implement these programs, which will all take place during the 2021 calendar year.
“All three of these generous awards from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation will help Le Moyne to further its Jesuit mission of social justice,” said Le Moyne President Linda LeMura. “From international medical graduates to underrepresented individuals in the nursing program to the seniors living in Central New York, these grants allow Le Moyne to even more effectively serve our marginalized communities.”
The grants will support:
Nursing Recruitment for Low-Income and Diverse Populations - $350,000
This funding will be used to expand enrollment in the College’s nursing program through the recruitment of students from low-income and diverse backgrounds. Specifically, a new cohort of nine students (Cabrini Nursing Scholars) will be recruited and enrolled in the nursing program. Scholarships and other assistance, such as academic support, designed to support this new cohort will benefit individuals who are poor, disadvantaged, or otherwise underrepresented in the nursing profession in an attempt to achieve a workforce that more closely mirrors the community’s ethnic and racial composition.
CARE (Center for Aging Resources and Enrichment) Webinar Series - $76,561
The College will receive funding for a webinar series for CARE’s "Spirituality and Empowerment in Aging Webinar Series." This virtual series is a part of CARE's efforts to address challenges of seniors including social isolation, loneliness, access to resources, end-of-life issues and aging challenges. Recognizing that spirituality means different things to different people, the series will include a wide variety of expert presenters discussing facets of spirituality and religious connectedness in the senior community.
Welcome Back Center - $170,000
Established at the beginning of 2020 thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Mother Cabrini Foundation, the College’s Welcome Back Center has received renewed funding for 2021. This initiative focuses on integrating internationally trained healthcare workers into the Central New York healthcare field. The Welcome Back Center has served 46 participants to date, and with the renewed funding, the program plans to serve an additional 50 to 60 participants this year. The program continues to work with community partners in order to provide resources to the program’s participants, such as advising, English language support, transcript evaluations, and assistance with obtaining an entry-level healthcare job.
“This renewed funding enables Le Moyne to continue the important work of supporting our international medical graduate community,” said Meega Wells, Ph.D., dean of the Purcell School of Professional Studies, which collaborates with the College’s Office of Continuing Education in overseeing the project. “Our participants are highly motivated individuals who are eager to apply their healthcare skills and knowledge in this country.”
About the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation: “The Foundation provides grants to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable New Yorkers, bolster the health outcomes of diverse communities, eliminate barriers to care and bridge gaps in health services. It seeks to promote, sponsor, and support activities, programs, and initiatives that enhance access to affordable quality healthcare and healthcare-related services and address the unmet healthcare and healthcare related needs of communities across New York State, including, in each case, the social determinants of health, consistent with the ethical principles, tenets, and teachings of the Roman Catholic Faith. This Foundation will exist in perpetuity, helping generations of New Yorkers of all faiths or no faith at all.”