McGarvey, colleagues net $1.5M grant for Southwest Virginia Health Wagon

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McGarvey, colleagues net $1.5M grant for Southwest Virginia Health Wagon

Public Health Sciences chair William A. Knaus, M.D., and David Cattell-Gordon, M.Div., M.S.W., Director of Rural Network Development in the University of Virginia Health System’s Office of Telemedicine recently announced the receipt of a $1.493 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to fund the operations of the St. Mary’s Health Wagon in Southwest Virginia. The grant was authored in part by Elizabeth McGarvey, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Public Health Policy and Practice in the department of Public Health Sciences. The funding effort was a collaborative venture involving The Health Wagon, University of Virginia Schools of Medicine and Nursing, the University of Virginia at Wise nursing program, and the Mountain State Health Alliance

“I wanted to share this e-mail from David Cattell-Gordon and to acknowledge Elizabeth McGarvey for her great work-,” Knaus wrote in forwarding the announcement to the department, “work illustrative of the extraordinary collaborative spirit that the Department of Public Health Sciences represents each day.”

The Health Wagon is a mobile clinic providing free health care services to under-served populations in rural Southwest Virginia. Teresa Gardner, D.N.P. is Executive Director of the Health Wagon and Principal Investigator on the HRSA grant.

“This is obviously a major deal for the Health Wagon and for Southwest Virginia with UVA School of Nursing as a major partner. It also includes a role for the nursing program at UVA-Wise. As a workforce grant, it will send a strong positive message to the region.” Cattell-Gordon wrote in his announcement of the award. “Many kudos go to Dr. McGarvey in Public Health (Sciences) who was a major author on this and represents the School of Medicine on this grant and will serve as the evaluator and a number of other functions.”