Le Moyne College has received two grants from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation totaling $475,000. Both grants are renewals of grants for initiatives that the Foundation had previously funded and will support two distinct areas of the healthcare community in Central New York during the 2022 calendar year.
“At a time when quality healthcare is more important than ever, these grants enable Le Moyne to advance its mission of social justice and cura personalis, care for the whole person,” said Le Moyne President Linda LeMura. “Seniors living in Central New York as well as traditionally underrepresented students enrolled in Le Moyne’s nursing program will continue to benefit tremendously from these two programs.”
The grants will support:
Cabrini Scholarships in Nursing ($400,000): The College will receive continued funding for expanding enrollment in its nursing program by providing scholarships to traditionally underrepresented students. Le Moyne will recruit 9 to 15 students (“Cabrini Scholars”) from low-income backgrounds who will more closely mirror the ethnic and racial composition of Central New York. Additional forms of academic support, such as tutoring and textbook stipends, will also be provided to the Cabrini Scholars. Given the global healthcare crisis, the need to increase the healthcare workforce is even more timely. The project is being supported by members of the nursing program, enrollment management, financial aid, student success and advancement.
CARE (Center for Aging Resources and Enrichment) Spirituality and Connection in Aging: A Post-Pandemic Webinar Series ($75,000): This funding will be used to engage seniors in conversations about spirituality through a series of workshops. COVID-19 has exposed universal challenges for seniors in a new way, which has motivated CARE to think creatively about presentation topics and program design to facilitate more meaningful and helpful conversations. Objectives for the 2022 series include (1) increasing intergenerational conversations in order to expand CARE’s impact and increase the diversity of its content and (2) facilitating dynamic dialogue with seniors in underserved areas. To address the engagement across generations, the 2022 series will include a variety of panel discussions to include different generations to facilitate the connection of humanity. CARE’s 2022 lecture series will partner with churches and nursing homes in Syracuse’s underserved communities. Kathryn Tovar ‘05 is the director of CARE.
“Receiving renewed funding for these two programs enables Le Moyne to continue supporting our community in tangible, impactful ways,” said Meega Wells, Ph.D., dean of the Purcell School of Professional Studies, which helps to oversee both projects. “Caring for those who are historically underserved not only has an immediate impact on those individuals, but it also has the potential to transform how we think about and implement healthcare initiatives.”
The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of New Yorkers, bolster the health outcomes of vulnerable communities, eliminate barriers to care, and bridge gaps in health services. Named after a tireless advocate for immigrants, children, and the poor, the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation funds programs and initiatives across New York State that either provide direct healthcare services or address the social determinants of health.