JACKSON, Miss.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A $100,000 donation from Amerigroup to the College of Mississippi Basis has established a brand new scholarship fund to help College of Mississippi Medical Heart (UMMC) college students who’re pursuing nurse practitioner levels with a spotlight in household medication or psychiatric/psychological well being. College students who’re eligible to obtain an Amerigroup Mississippi Rural Nursing Scholarship are native Mississippians who can decide to training in rural communities for at least two years after commencement.
“Closing the hole in well being disparities and supporting Mississippi’s nursing workforce are priorities that Amerigroup has dedicated to deal with with revolutionary options that may reinvent healthcare throughout our state,” stated Tara Clark, who leads Amerigroup Mississippi. “For many years, our group has been pioneering options to usher in a brand new period of healthcare that’s extra equitable and works higher for everybody, and we’re happy for the chance to introduce these options in my dwelling state of Mississippi.”
Roughly 54 % of Mississippi’s residents dwell in rural areas, rating the state because the nation’s fourth largest rural inhabitants. Greater than half of the state’s docs observe in 4 city areas and all 82 Mississippi counties are thought-about to be medically underserved. Rural areas typically have extra aged who require further care and residents who’re in poorer well being, have fewer well being assets and face vital limitations to accessing care. Moreover, healthcare professionals are often drawn away from rural areas by city alternatives.
“Healthcare employee shortages are at an all-time excessive, particularly throughout Mississippi, so it’s vital that we construct a stable pipeline of nursing professionals who’re dedicated to equitably serving the state they name dwelling and the folks they perceive greatest,” stated Dr. Julie Sanford, dean of the UMMC Faculty of Nursing. “Due to Amerigroup’s help and the Amerigroup Mississippi Rural Nursing Scholarship, we’re nearer to eliminating disparities, growing entry to high quality care and constructing a greater, more healthy future for our state.”
Amerigroup has made a dedication to taking part in a central position within the well being and lives of Mississippians by creating partnerships and investing in efforts that handle vital priorities throughout your complete state, together with efforts round psychological well being, maternal and youngsters’s well being, illness administration, secondary schooling, workforce growth, rural well being fairness and extra. Amerigroup has additionally launched Amerigroup Rural Well being Scholarships for college students at Jackson State College and Alcorn State College.
For extra details about the Amerigroup Mississippi Rural Nursing Scholarship, or to study extra about contributing to and supporting the College of Mississippi Medical Heart, contact Meredith Aldridge at email@example.com or 601-815-7269.
ABOUT AMERIGROUP MISSISSIPPI
Amerigroup has greater than 29 years of expertise coordinating care with state-sponsored packages by way of our affiliated plans. Along with our well being plan associates, we serve 9.7 million members in state-sponsored packages throughout 25 markets. In 2020 we started partnering with quite a few organizations throughout Mississippi, centered on increasing providers and packages for essential well being points like meals insecurity, diabetes, childhood weight problems, and employment expertise. By creating these relationships, we pay attention and learn the way we will greatest help the essential work already being executed—and collectively have an excellent higher affect in communities. We’re excited to develop our work even additional in 2021. For extra details about Amerigroup Mississippi, go to www.amerigroupms.com.