Philadelphia University recently received a sizeable grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration to further strengthen its Midwifery Institute.
The Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships award for $224,640 runs from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. The funds can go toward tuition, books, fees and living expenses.
“This grant will allow us to recruit strong students who want to give back to their communities and to extend our reach to students committed to addressing health disparities in their future practice,” said Dana Perlman, program director of the Midwifery Institute. “Students who receive this traineeship want to work in underserved areas, which may be urban or rural. Midwives can make a huge difference in our country’s health.”
In 2014, the journal The Lancet reported the return on investment from the education and deployment of community-based midwives is similar to the cost per death averted for vaccination, said Perlman, noting midwives provide expert care for the vast majority of pregnant women who are healthy or have well-controlled medical conditions during their pregnancies.
The University’s midwifery program also received this grant for $350,000 in 2014; however, since then, the program changed from a formula to a competitive grant, said Robert Skomorucha, director of corporate, foundation and government relations at PhilaU. “And it is very competitive, indeed.”
The application scored an impressive 96 out of 100, with no stated weaknesses, he said. “That’s quite a feather in the hat of Dana and the midwifery program.”