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healthcare_initiative_foundation_story_400x320The Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) has made a joint pledge of more than $1 million to the Montgomery College Foundation and the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) to build educational pathways for students pursuing healthcare careers.

Over a five-year period, more than 100 students in the fields of nursing, mental health/social work, and public health will earn associate and baccalaureate degrees. Students with limited financial resources and those who speak English as their second language will be the target beneficiaries.

Through this initiative, Montgomery College will offer courses training MC and USG scholarship recipients to be culturally competent communicators; those who are bilingual also will have the opportunity to become certified in language interpretation in health care settings. Jobs requiring these skills are in high demand in the healthcare workforce.

The College’s nursing and health science faculty also will offer collaborative and cross-disciplinary learning activities for scholarship recipients, incorporating training on effective integration practices and practical simulation experiences such as emergency response drills.

The Healthcare Initiative Foundation supports organizations that offer solutions to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare for residents of Montgomery County, Maryland. Since its inception in 1973, HIF has distributed more than $80 million to an array of organizations and activities, while retaining an exclusive focus on improving healthcare for county residents.

To learn more about the dual-enrollment nursing educational pathway from Montgomery College to the University of Maryland School of Nursing at Universities at Shady Grove, please visit this webpage.

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