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Promoting Wellness, Creating Healers

At the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, our students and faculty help people not only live better, healthier lives but also regain their quality of life in the face of illness or injury. By supporting Move Mountains: The Campaign for The University of Vermont, you can help create the health care workforce of the future while also changing health care for the better. Join us.

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences will raise $10.3 million to advance several key areas of strength and attract talented faculty members, graduate students and undergraduates who want to build a more holistic, wellness-focused health care system.

Neuroscience, Behavior and Health

Unraveling brain-body connections and their impact on health is a recognized strength of The University of Vermont, and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences is a vital part of this university-wide focus. We will establish three new endowed professorships for faculty members who can advance the college’s research and teaching in neuroscience and behavior. We also will increase funding for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers who can contribute to this work while launching their own careers. 

  • Advanced Practice Education in Primary Care Nursing Fellowships: $1.25 million
  • Endowed Professorship in Primary Care Nursing: $1 million
  • Nurse Scholars-in-Residence for Faculty Education: $250,000

Primary Care/Advanced Practice Nursing

Our Appletree Bay Primary Care in Burlington is one of only a few U.S. primary care practices run by nurse practitioners. Given the national shortage of primary care physicians, this clinic promises to be the care model of the future. The college will further strengthen its leadership in primary care nursing by establishing a professorship and graduate fellowships to support this area as well as by bringing in nationally recognized experts to advance faculty knowledge. 

  • Advanced Practice Education in Primary Care Nursing Fellowships: $1.25 million
  • Endowed Professorship in Primary Care Nursing:  $1 million
  • Nurse Scholars-in-Residence for Faculty Education: $250,000

Physical Activity and Wellness Service

In the college’s Physical Activity and Wellness Laboratory, faculty and students advise local residents about exercise, fitness and nutrition while enrolling many of them in studies that will advance our understanding of how to motivate healthy behaviors. We will expand this work by creating an endowed professorship in exercise and movement science. We also will increase support for graduate and undergraduate students who wish to participate in the program. 

  • Endowed Professorship: $1 million
  • Graduate Fellowships: $750,000
  • Undergraduate Scholarships: $300,000

Integrative Health Program

Students in our college increasingly have expressed interest in learning about integrative medicine, which combines conventional treatments with complementary approaches, such as nutrition, yoga, acupuncture and mindfulness training. We are working in partnership with the Laura Mann Center for Integrative Health in Burlington as well as The UVM Medical Center and College of Medicine to create an Institute in Health and Healing at UVM. The campaign will provide funds for start-up costs, faculty training and graduate fellowships. 

  • Start-Up Funds: $300,000
  • Faculty Education: $300,000
  • Graduate Fellowships: $400,000

Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice

Communication among different members of the health care team is a skill that often gets overlooked. We will involve medical, nursing and other health professional students in a new program that will develop their ability to work as an interprofessional collaborative team, partnering with patients and their families to provide the best care. The college will raise start-up funds, create a professorship for a faculty leader and train faculty to teach in the program. 

  • Start-Up Funds: $350,000
  • Faculty Education: $400,000
  • Green & Gold Professorship: $250,000

International Study in Resource-Poor Settings

Right now, about 1 in 3 students travels abroad to study or volunteer. The college seeks support that will allow more students and faculty to learn about and work within health care systems in underserved communities across the globe. 

  • Faculty Support: $300,000
  • Student Support: $300,000

Endowed Scholarships for Underrepresented Undergraduates:

The college seeks to raise $500,000 in endowed scholarships that can attract students from a wider range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds to study nursing and health sciences at UVM. All of our students have to develop respect and appreciation for a range of perspectives that may be different from their own. A more diverse enrollment will help us accomplish that goal.