Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing in Maywood, Ill., has received a grant from Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust. The foundation will give $146,000 to support Loyolas Community Nursing Center in Rogers Park.
This grant will allow Loyola to expand much needed healthcare services to our community, Jan McCarron, RN, MSN, director of Community Nursing Center, said in a news release. This support also will provide our students with additional opportunities to experience community nursing and the role it has in enhancing the life of underserved populations.
Fifty families receive healthcare services through Loyolas Community Nursing Center.
This grant will increase the number of families served. It also will allow Loyola to identify which services are most frequently requested and the next steps to expand programs and sustainable sources of support. Loyola faculty and staff also will use the resources to engage interdisciplinary students in the care of underserved populations.
The center was founded in 1981 in a church basement by Loyola nursing faculty members. It began as an outreach effort to the elderly and mothers and children in the community.
Each semester, more than 30 undergraduate nursing students have clinical experiences at the center. Home visits target isolated and homebound seniors and include a comprehensive assessment of health and social needs. Students serve as case managers, linking clients with community resources as well as working with family members, the primary healthcare provider and other community workers. Health education is provided to local grammar schools, shelters and senior centers.
Students also match individuals with job training and housing opportunities and help people navigate state and local agencies to access other resources and support. The center is supported by Loyola University Chicago and private foundation grants. All services are provided free of charge.