UMKC School of Nursing receives grant from CDC to create resource center for HIV prevention

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The UMKC School of Nursing and Health Services can now add nine new jobs after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded the school with a $7 million grant.

The grant will be spread out over five years and give the school the opportunity to create a national center resource center for HIV prevention. Laurie Krom is the program director for the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Services. She says the CDC is changing its approach to HIV prevention after more than 50,000 are still infected every year in the U.S.

"They're really look at high impact HIV prevention, which means they're targeting prevention strategies to those populations who have been identified as needing it most," Krom said.

The nine new jobs will focus on standardizing medical care for HIV patients and also educating to prevent further infections. "Prophylactics, new medications, and community based awareness programs,” Krom said.

Dean of UMKC School of Nursing Ann Cary says the public's perception of HIV has changed over the last decade.

"HIV has gone the way of diabetes and obesity and that it has become a chronic diseased instead of an acute disease per say," Cary said.

Cary sees the center as figuring out the best way to educate the public.

"It helps to reduce the inefficiencies that are replicated over and over again in communities," said Cary. "To make sure that all of the centers have the best in class evidence to use as they create educational materials for the HIV clients as they look at other preventive strategies those communities can use to do community education."

The school is about to renovate an office space to create the space for the resource center.

The nine jobs that will be created should be posted later this week. The grant, which is the largest the school of nursing has ever received, goes into effect April 1st.

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