UCI School of Nursing Awarded Song-Brown Grants to Support Population-health and Community Nursing Education

The Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing was recently awarded two grants -- a $240,000, two-year award for RN Capitation and an $80,000, one-year award in support of the school's Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program. The grants were awarded through the Song-Brown Health Care Workforce Training Act (Song-Brown Program) of the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. Both grants are designed to support programs aimed at educating nurses to serve in areas of unmet need and to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the healthcare professions.

Susan Tiso

“The funds we receive from Song-Brown provide support for our practicing faculty who are working side-by-side with FNP students to provide care to extremely vulnerable populations in medically underserved areas. The goal of our effort is to enable our faculty to role-model culturally respectful care in clinical practice,” said Susan Tiso, DNP, APRN, a clinical professor at the school of nursing. “Additionally, the funding supports the expansion of our standardized patient exams with real ‘patients’ who have complex chronic diseases complicated by the social determinants of health. This experiential training will ensure our students are prepared for practice at graduation.”

JRousseau"The Song-Brown grant will provide funding for faculty support to advance our didactic and clinical focus on population-health and community nursing," said Assistant Clinical Professor Julie Rousseau, PhD, MS, CNM, RN, who defended the grant proposal at the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development meeting held in January. "Leveraging this support will enable us to better prepare our students to practice in medically underserved communities and multicultural, low socioeconomic neighborhoods."

The Song-Brown Health Care Workforce Training Act (Song-Brown Program) was established in 1973 to assist in providing needed medical services to the people of California. The program encourages universities and primary care health professionals to provide healthcare in medically underserved areas, and provides financial support to family medicine, internal medicine, OB/GYN, and pediatric residency programs, family nurse practitioner, physician assistant, and registered nurse education programs throughout California. For more information about the Song-Brown Program visit,