Keith Belcher, Ph.D., director of the Medical Laboratory Science program at Georgia Southern University, is the recipient of the 2020-25 U.S. Department of Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) grant valued at $3.25 million. The grant funds the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program, designed to increase diversity in the health professions and nursing workforce by offering awards to institutions that provide scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are enrolled full time in a health profession or nursing program.
“We are excited about the opportunity to support students in the Medical Laboratory Science program,” said Barry Joyner, Ph.D., dean of the Waters College of Health Professions. “Our goal is to produce quality healthcare professionals, but we need a healthcare workforce that represents our communities. Greater diversity in healthcare professionals has been associated with improved access to healthcare for minority patients. With this grant, we will help address this need for greater diversity in the workforce.”
Belcher and co-investigators Charlotte Bates, DHSc, Amy Chall and Carol Jordan, designed the grant specifically for eligible students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS). Through 2025, up to $650,000 will be available each year for scholarships. Students majoring in MLS who represent an economically disadvantaged background, as defined by the HRSA, are encouraged to apply.
Kerry Dunn, M.Ed., RT(R)(M), was one of three doctoral students at Georgia State University to be named the recipient of the Outstanding Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership Student Award.
Since 2017, Dunn has taught in Georgia Southern University’s Radiography program and currently serves as the clinical coordinator for the program.
This award is given out annually to honor students for their outstanding achievements and contributions to their field of study. Dunn was virtually recognized during Honor Week 2020 for her academic excellence, leadership and service.
Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences faculty Christy Moore, DHSc., RRT-NPS, CPFT, and colleague Anthony Heard recently published the book chapter, “Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation” in the fourth edition of Respiratory Care: Principles and Practice by Dean R. Hess, Neil R. MacIntyre, William F. Galvin, and Shelley C. Mishoe. Published in January, the chapter covers adult, pediatric and neonatal basic resuscitation as well as adult, pediatric and neonatal advanced resuscitation. The book is utilized by respiratory therapy students who will log hundreds of hours in code situations before graduating.
The National Diversity Congress (NatDC) has selected Rochelle Lee, Ed.D., MBS, RT(N), ARRT, assistant professor in the Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences, to be a panelist at the 2020 Diversity in Leadership Conference. The conference will be held at the Harvard Faculty Club in April in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The conference aims to provide attendees with a highly interactive learning experience. Attendees will have an opportunities to attend roundtable and panel discussions and participate in Q&A periods.
Lee will serve as a panel member for the topic “Intersectionality in Higher-Education Leadership: How You Can Help?” where she will share her knowledge and experience with conference attendees.