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Reynolds Grants Awarded

By Jeannine Manning Hutson

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust of Winston-Salem has awarded ECU three grants totaling $868,445 for health care-related endeavors designed to benefit eastern North Carolina residents.

“ECU faculty and staff are leaders in addressing many of the pressing community health issues in eastern North Carolina,” said Karen McNeil-Miller, president, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. “It’s a natural fit for us to work closely with ECU in serving our mission of improving the health of lower income persons throughout the region.”

“Since 1916, ECU’s motto has been servire, which means ‘to serve,’” said Phyllis Horns, ECU interim vice chancellor for health sciences and interim dean of the Brody School of Medicine. “Partnering with the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust helps ECU extend this longtime spirit of service across our region and allows our faculty and staff to work with communities to address the health care needs of eastern North Carolina. This service is a value we hold and a mission we cherish.”

One of the grants will provide $298,188 to establish mental health services in Greene County schools. ECU’s Department of Psychology, Greene County Health Care/Student Health Services, school personnel, and community members will work together to provide mental health services to students through school-based health centers.

“Students with unmet mental health needs are at risk for a host of problems,” said ECU psychology professor Jeannie Golden. “By addressing the mental health needs of school-aged children, the likelihood of breaking this cycle greatly increases.”

The second grant for $309,030 will facilitate the statewide expansion of a school nurse case management program for children with chronic diseases, a partnership between ECU and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services School of Health Initiative.

“Our goal is to improve the health, quality of life and academic success of children with chronic illness throughout North Carolina, with a particular emphasis on underserved counties,” said Martha K. Engelke, associate dean for research and scholarship at the ECU College of Nursing.

The third grant, for $261,227, will provide operating funds to help ECU kidney specialists implement a kidney disease treatment program at primary care clinics in eastern North Carolina.

“Influencing physician management of chronic kidney disease and promoting screening programs by utilizing existing healthcare infrastructures will impact this growing problem,” said Paul Bolin, professor of internal medicine and chief of the nephrology division at the Brody School of Medicine.

Since 2003, ECU has received nearly $2.3 million from the trust in support of 11 health care-related projects.

7/29/08
This page originally appeared in the Aug. 29, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at http://www.ecu.edu/news/poe/Arch.cfm.