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Wednesday, October 23 • 9:45am - 10:45am
Lightning Session: Expanding Partnerships, Developing Preceptor Leadership, & Enhancing Student Preparedness: Combating Health Disparities for Underserved Populations

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Issues facing healthcare in the U.S. are lack of access to care and a lack of primary care providers in underserved areas. Chronic conditions associated with the social determinants of health are widespread and disproportionately affect vulnerable groups. Nurse practitioners are a solution to address these issues. However, a lack of practitioners functioning as preceptors and academic-practice partnerships in underserved areas are affecting the number of students who are prepared to meet the diverse needs of underserved populations upon graduating.

This Clinical-Academic Network for Developing Leaders (CANDL) project, funded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), examines the impact of establishing academic-community partnerships, preceptor education and support, and clinical placements for nurse practitioner students in underserved urban and rural settings for two-years. Strategies aim to prepare graduates to work with underserved populations through community collaborations.

Designated faculty formed partnerships with underserved community sites. Project strategies were implemented over an 18-month period for twenty FNP students. Post-graduate surveys will reveal outcomes for employment intentions for the student participants. Baseline data for self-efficacy related to working with underserved populations for all twenty students demonstrated an increased confidence level providing care to underserved populations.

Preceptors are offered education through interactive modules and have reported increased confidence-level and efficacy as clinical educators before and after their online training. Data has been collected and indicates increased preceptor self-efficacy, especially regarding faculty support and educational tools that outline student performance expectations.


Mary Jo Blanton

FNP, Universtiy of Tennessee at Chattanooga
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Amber Roache

FNP-Program Coordinator, UTC SON
Nurse Practitioner Coordinator for the Family Nurse and Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP Programs at UT Chattanooga. Primary Investigator of the CANDL Grant, a HRSA grant, to improve academic- community partnerships through increased preceptor support, FNP student placement at undeserved... Read More →

Wednesday October 23, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am EDT
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