Stevens Healthcare Educational Partnership Receives Major Grant for Workforce Development Initiatives

4/24/2012

Hoboken, N.J. – For the seventh time in five years, the State of New Jersey has awarded a major healthcare workforce development grant to the Stevens Healthcare Educational Partnership (SHEP), which works to build the state’s healthcare education infrastructure through long-term partnerships with various organizations.

The most recent SHEP grant is worth $175,000 and will be the largest grant awarded by the state this fiscal cycle for healthcare workforce development. It will fund training of medical professionals by Stevens faculty members at various locations along the urban North Jersey coast, including Monmouth Medical Center, a flagship of Barnabas Health, and several other nonprofit clinics in and near Long Branch, N.J. Much of this training will reflect applied concepts from the books and research of Stevens faculty, as well as the practicum outcomes of SHEP Student Scholars over the past five years, which has resulted in a professional development catalog lauded by the state’s reviewers. Accordingly, this grant will also help support 20 SHEP scholars who will be interning at local hospitals across the state this summer, along with selected Stevens Scholars and Technogenesis Scholars.

In November, SHEP received another state grant in the amount of $350,000, continuing a consistent trend of financing and investment by the state and reflecting the organization’s leadership in regional healthcare education. With the most recent grant, the state will have provided SHEP with more than $2.3 million over the past five years to fund its efforts to educate New Jersey healthcare providers in areas such as patient care, staff and organizational development, computer skills, medical translation, and much more.

“The continuance of support from our state for SHEP’s mission is a terrific reflection on the stellar work of our faculty, staff and students over the past five years,” said Dr. Don Lombardi, SHEP director and industry professor of healthcare. “It is heartening to see this significant investment towards to continuance of our work during this critical time for our state’s healthcare, especially in the essential sector of urban non-profit community care.”

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