Piedmont AHEC Grant Collaborations


Regional Nursing Education Clinical Site Development Grantmaking

The NC AHEC Program assists nursing schools with the development of new clinical learning experiences in rural and underserved areas, as funded by the N.C. General Assembly.

🎓 Interprofessional student learning by developing clinical learning experiences for nursing students with students from one or more other health care disciplines
💠 Areas of special clinical need including, but not limited to, behavioral health, primary care, and public health
🤝🏼 Experiences that emphasize the role of nursing in addressing health equity in the community
🚩 At-risk populations in rural and underserved communities
💻 Telehealth or virtual healthcare experiences


Alamance Community College Associate Degree Nursing program second-year students will be eligible to participate in a new clinical site at the North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women. The in-patient facility at this site primarily treats medical-surgical diseases and mental health illnesses. This clinical experience will prepare nursing students to provide comprehensive care to inmates; will enable nursing students to understand and identify the role of a correction nurse and the challenges and opportunities specific to this specialty; and will prepare students to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide quality nursing care to at-risk populations. Students will gain experience working with women who have been part of a cycle of abuse, drug use, criminal activities, and numerous mental and physical health issues. The addition of this site also expands on the school’s curriculum, as this site addition will involve the development and implementation of a community health learning module.
Clinical site priorities: 💠 🚩


Elon University Department of Nursing students will spend time at CityGate Dream Center in East Burlington, a non-profit organization hosting a variety of programs focused on community, arts and education, kids and students, sports and wellness, and families. Each semester, Elon’s nursing students will work alongside Elon’s PA and PT students and the other disciplines that engage with the Dream Center, such as social work, ESL instructors, and advocacy groups. The overarching goal for this project is to provide nursing students with a longitudinal clinical opportunity to examine health equity through interprofessional clinical experiences with an underrepresented population in an alternative health site located in the community.
Clinical site priorities: 🤝🏼 🚩


High Point University Department of Nursing is a newly approved BSN program, with its first cohort of approximately a dozen students starting in fall 2022. Through this grant, students will gain clinical experience at the Community Clinic of High Point (CCHP), which provides acute care and chronic disease management for uninsured and low-income residents of the greater High Point area. At this site, HPU nursing students at will participate in a project titled “Sweet Hearts!” focused on diabetes and hypertension management in at-risk, low-income, uninsured, and underserved adult populations.
Clinical site priorities: 🎓 💠 🤝🏼 🚩 💻


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing offers traditional and accelerated BSN programs, as well as MSN, Post-Graduate certificate, DNP and PhD programs. In summer 2022, the UNC SON Mobile Health Clinic will add a new site at the Chatham Outreach Alliance (CORA) Food Pantry and UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health (The Farm at Penny Lane, where CORA started a food pantry satellite). Chatham County is designated as a rural area on the Rural Health Information RHI Hub, a Health Professional Shortage Area in Primary Care, Dental and Mental Health, and a medically underserved area (MUA), and CORA has been a trusted non-profit community organization for over 35 years, serving Chatham County residents facing food insecurity. Its clients are 40% Hispanic, 30% Black/African American and 30% white, with half of their clients either over the age of 65 or aged 18 years and younger. Students will offer free health screenings; address social determinants of health (SDOH), health education and self-management support (SMS); help uninsured clients navigate the complex health care system; and work with interprofessional disciplines.
Clinical site priorities: 🎓 💠 🤝🏼 🚩


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