Welcome to the first edition of our “Keys to Inclusive Leadership in Nursing” (KILN) blog! The Boston College (BC) William F. Connell School of Nursing is proud to have received $937,247 over the next three years from HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) to develop a diverse group of nurse leaders. This year, 25 BC nursing students selected as KILN scholars will receive stipends, scholarships, mentoring, and leadership training. We hope that you will enjoy following the progress of our scholars over the next few years!
Why is the federal government funding this program? The fact is, many cities (including Boston) experience alarming health disparities along racial and socioeconomic lines. For example, Black and Latino Bostonians have higher rates of preterm birth, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, hospitalization, cancer mortality, and premature death, and Asian Bostonians have higher rates of tuberculosis and hepatitis B. All citizens with limited economic resources, regardless of race, lack adequate care for a broad range of health problems. There is evidence that having a healthcare workforce that is representative of the population improves the health of communities. The KILN program will prepare nurse leaders from diverse backgrounds to make a difference in underserved communities.