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Dr. Lanell Bellury Bellury, associate professor, will serve as the principal investigator and project director for the grant, which involves collaboration with faculty in Mercer’s College of Health Professions and Tift College of Education, the Center for Nursing Excellence, student affairs and minority affairs offices, as well as the Atlanta Black Nurses Association. The 2016 D2D program supported 20 qualified undergraduate nursing students who evidenced strong academic potential as well as economic need. The 2017 R2R program will continue support up to 20 qualified progressing senior students and support up to 15 qualified junior nursing students annually. “In our work with the 2016 D2D scholars, the project team discovered that while underrepresented minorities are at increased risk for attrition in nursing school, an uncommon resilience was present in successful students. Our goal is to nurture resilience and success. Additionally, the R2R program aims to heighten the overall cultural awareness within the College and University to one that can foster health equity through a diverse nursing workforce,” said Dr. Bellury. The project is supported by the HRSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), under grant number D19HP30842, Nursing Workforce Diversity Program, for $1,992,044.

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