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Seton Hall University's School of Health and Medical Sciences Awards More Than $45,000 in Grants to Improve Healthcare in NJ Communities
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SHMS Grant Reception

The School of Health and Medical Sciences (SHMS) at Seton Hall University awarded more than $45,000 in grant funding to four organizations through its Clinical Education and Research Partnership Grants program. The recipients -- Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, NJ; P.G. Chambers School in Cedar Knolls, NJ; The Phoenix Center, Inc. in Nutley, NJ; and Raritan Bay Healthcare Foundation, Inc. in Perth Amboy and Old Bridge, NJ -- will use the funds for specific projects that meet the grant program’s mission to support innovative and evidence-based programs and services, promote clinical research, and enhance programs in the allied health professions.

Graduate students in SHMS' professional programs -- athletic training, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant and speech-language pathology -- also will benefit from learning and training experiences at the grant-funded organizations, as all four are clinical affiliates of SHMS and host SHMS students on clinical rotations.

"Our School's mission to educate the healthcare leaders of tomorrow goes hand-in-hand with our commitment to building strong community partnerships and improving healthcare for the benefit of all," says SHMS Dean Brian B. Shulman, PhD. "These invaluable relationships are the foundation of our School’s hands-on clinical education programs, which health sciences students want and need in order to be successful in their fields."

The Children’s Specialized Hospital received the grant to support its project titled "Innovative Applications of RedCord® Using Collaborative Learning," which will help determine whether a commercial neuromuscular activation system, already used in physical rehabilitation programs for adults, can be effective with disabled children as well.

P.G. Chambers School’s project, "Changing Learning Outcomes for Children with Cortical Visual Impairment," will develop educational strategies tailored to individual students with the condition, which significantly affects learning abilities.

The Phoenix Center’s "Snoezelen Project" involves the installation of a Snoezelen Room, which is a controlled multisensory environment that the Center hopes will help its students who exhibit autism or other developmental disabilities to self-regulate behavior that otherwise would interfere with learning.

"Sports Medicine Concussion Management and Injury Prevention Program" is the initiative of Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC), which is supported by the Raritan Bay Healthcare Foundation. RBMC intends to utilize the SHMS grant to launch a community outreach program to provide education about head injuries in the school sports community.

The recipients applied for the SHMS grants through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process that began in Spring 2013. SHMS received more than 20 grant applications, which were evaluated by the School's Directors of Clinical Education Committee and the Office of the Dean.

In accord with SHMS' focus on interprofessional education, the desirable attributes of applicants included the ability to develop learning opportunities for students representing a majority of the health sciences programs offered at SHMS, and the demonstration of an interprofessional approach in the provision of services.

"Collaboration across professions offers a value-added healthcare environment where clinical decision-making is a team approach," says Dean Shulman "As educators, it is our role to create experiences that develop students’ interprofessional abilities, thus supporting a patient-centered approach to practice."

Healthcare and educational organizations interested in learning more about SHMS’ Clinical Education and Research Partnership Grants program and opportunities to become a Clinical Affiliate Site should contact Christopher W. O’Brien, PhD, LAT, ATC, Assistant Dean for Special Academic Programs and Projects in the SHMS Division of Health Sciences, at or (973) 275-2220.

For more information please contact:
Lori Riley
(973) 313-6077


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