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ASU Receives Health Foundation Grant

December 16, 2011

Angelo State University’s College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) has received a $139,786 grant from the San Angelo Health Foundation (SAHF) to enhance the learning environment and research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students in the college’s various programs.

According to Dr. Leslie Mayrand, CHHS dean, the grant completes the funding needed for an overall project that will provide additional computerized mannequins in the nursing program’s High Fidelity Simulation Lab, and a Parenting Training Module for the psychology program.  Other components of the project will include a new DEXA System for the Kinesiology Department and a Mobile Research Lab. 

The DEXA System is the research standard for assessing body composition, and will be housed in the Human Performance Lab.  The Mobile Research Lab will be used for community based research on improving access to mental health services. 

“What is really exciting is that the project is interdisciplinary,” Mayrand said.  “We have a team made up of representatives from every department in the CHHS that developed the project and worked to get the grant funding.  We are hoping to use all the new equipment for both education and research, and it will be utilized by every department.  The real winners are definitely our students.” 

The CHHS includes the Department of Nursing and Rehabilitation Sciences, Kinesiology Department, Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work, Athletic Training program and Doctor of Physical Therapy program. 

Established in 1995, the SAHF mission is to “enhance the quality of life for the people of the San Angelo area.”  To that end, the foundation provides grant funding for the operation of programs to provide charitable assistance, training and educational support for the promotion of the general physical and mental health of those in need and the general population of San Angelo.

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