National University receives $4 million grant from Health Resources and Services Administration

National University, a non-profit university dedicated to adult learners, received a 4-year, $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) , as part of the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR), in support of the National University Nurse Managed Clinic Project (NUNMC).

The NUNMC initiative was created to promote access to health care in underserved communities and uses an interprofessional health team approach through collaborations with trained professionals and faculty-supervised students. The team will provide on-site primary and behavioral health care in six communities in San Diego and Los Angeles, partnering with National University clinical affiliates such as community and faith-based organizations. This HRSA grant, funded at $1 million per year, will expand the existing nurse-led mobile health clinic to reach more medically underserved communities and increase access to primary health care services.

“NUNMC is proud to once again partner with HRSA to reach out to communities where health care disparity is extremely prevalent,” said Dr. Gloria J. McNeal, Associate Vice President of Health Community Affairs at the National University. “Advancing this project will also provide learning opportunities in the clinical and research programs of the BSN/MSN programs and ensure the integration of community health concepts to increase the diversity of the nursing workforce.”

The grant makes National University a primary source of advanced nursing skills for students while providing accessible health care to an underrepresented population using cutting-edge telehealth technology. The concept of telehealth technology introduced by Dr. McNeal will allow students to practice in a simulated environment and hone skills necessary for the job, such as remote monitoring of biometric data without compromising the health and safety of patients or students. . Students who meet the minority and underserved criteria under the NUNMC project will receive $10,000 per year for tuition and other related expenses. The project (NUNMC) has been recognized by several institutions, including the American Academy of Nursing, as the American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner.

“Congratulations to Dr. McNeal and his team for securing this important grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,” said Dr. Michael R. Cunningham, National University Acting President and Chancellor of the National University System. . “Dr. McNeal’s leadership of the National University Nurse Managed Clinic highlights his dedication to providing students with unique opportunities to learn skills that will shape the future of our health care system, and this further illustrates our commitment as a university to give back to the communities we serve.”

Dr. McNeal has served her community and country as a nurse and naval officer, and continues to serve as a leader and educator. “If the voice of the nursing industry is heeded, the future of this project promises unlimited opportunities to meet the needs of the underserved,” said Dr. McNeal.

The NUNMC project provided an experiential learning opportunity for nursing students and other healthcare professionals, and also provided health care to over 400 people from underserved communities in the Central- south of Los Angeles.


About National University: National University, a not-for-profit organization founded by veterans, has been dedicated to meeting the needs of hard-working adults by providing accessible, affordable, and attainable higher education opportunities since 1971 As San Diego’s largest private, nonprofit university, NU offers more than 75 online and on-campus programs and flexible four-week courses designed to help students achieve their goals while balancing lives. busy. Since its inception, the NU community has grown to over 30,000 students and 190,000 alumni worldwide, many of whom serve to help sectors such as business, education, healthcare, cybersecurity, law and criminal justice. Learn more at

Acknowledgements: The grant-funded project mentioned in this press release was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UK1HP46059, NEPQR for 4 $000,000 and is supplemented by 12% from non-governmental sources, including in-kind support. Such information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsement be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the US Government.

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