NASN Completes First Round of Funding for Champions for School Health Project
For Immediate Release
May 10, 2022
Contact: Jennifer McNally (email@example.com)
Silver Spring, MD—The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) is pleased to announce that through the generous financial support of Kaiser Permanente, $250,000 has been awarded during Phase 1 of its Implementation grants, designed to:
- Increase pediatric COVID-19 vaccinations,
- Increase pediatric COVID-19 vaccine confidence.
- Create sustainable school and community partnerships, and
- Increase health equity in under-resourced communities.
“We were thrilled by the caliber and quality of grant applications,” stated Donna Mazyck, MS, RN, NCSN, CAE, FNASN, executive director of NASN, “particularly the depth of community connection, collaboration, and partnership that were illustrated. While we would like to think the pandemic is over, the risk of COVID-19, remains. Shared leadership is critical to ensuring that communities facing barriers to vaccine uptake have the information they need to feel confident in the safety and efficacy of these vaccines and equitable means to access them.”
Twenty-nine implementation grants were awarded, all targeted to specific school communities, including eighteen projects led by school nurses. Funded projects included vaccine clinics and events; in-person outreach; and vaccine confidence surveying, including outreach to children and families in rural/hard-to-access communities. “The grant funding is connecting community partners and school health leadership in a powerful way,” said Mazyck. “Sustainable coalitions like these are essential to addressing the health inequities that impact our nation’s children.”
The Champions for School Health project includes grant funding through two vehicles: $1 million in Implementation grants administered through NASN and $1 million in Challenge grant funding administered through the Institute for Educational Leadership. While funding opportunities will be focused on Kaiser Permanente’s footprint the lessons learned and resulting materials will be applicable across the nation. Results of Phase 1 funding will be used to inform a second round of grant funding.
The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) is a nonprofit specialty nursing organization, organized in 1968 and incorporated in 1977, representing school nurses exclusively. NASN has close to 18,000 members and 50 affiliates, including the District of Columbia and overseas. The mission of NASN is to optimize student health and learning by advancing the practice of school nursing. To learn more about NASN, please visit us on the Web at www.nasn.org or call 866-627-6767. #PressRelease