Assistant Professor Dawn Bounds has been re-appointed to a national advisory committee with the American Nurses Association (ANA).
Bounds will serve a second three-year term on the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) National Advisory Committee, along with 15 others appointed by the ANA Board of Directors and Committee on Appointments.
Goal: Culturally-competent behavioral healthcare
The MFP serves to address disparities by increasing the number of culturally competent behavioral healthcare professionals who can provide high-quality care in the public and nonprofit sectors in both clinical and community settings.
Through the program, minority nurses can earn a doctoral degree with a certification in mental health and substance abuse disorders prevention, treatment and recovery across the lifespan.
The committee will advise the ANA’s MFP staff on strategies and activities to reach the goals of the MFP-Traditional grant, which include:
- Reviewing MFP fellow applications
- Providing academic development for fellows
- Fostering collaboration between ANA, fellows, alumni, SAMHSA and MFP staff
- Recommend interdisciplinary program content
About the grant
The grant, given by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), seeks to reduce health disparities and improve outcomes in racially and ethnically diverse populations.
All committee members are PhD– or doctor of nursing practice (DNP)-level nurses who are thought leaders in the research and development of policy on eliminating health disparities in minority populations.