DEI Report

Grant Funding for Diversity Recruitment Northern Light Health is collaborating on a grant-funded project with the University of Maine and Morgan State University, a historically black college in Maryland. The $1.7 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration provides funding to increase recruitment and retention of diversified nursing students and faculty. UMaine faculty will tap the healthcare-focused diversity, equity, and inclusion resources of Northern Light Health, and Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center will serve as the primary clinical training site for the School of Nursing. “Recruiting faculty is challenging regardless of the diversity factor, but recruiting diverse faculty is sometimes seemingly impossible. So, we’ve partnered with Morgan State University School of Nursing and will engage in a faculty exchange with their program,” shares Kelley Strout, Associate Professor and Director of the University of Maine School of Nursing.

In addition to a faculty exchange, Strout explains that some of the grant funding will provide scholarships for students of different ethnicities.

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