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William F. Connell School of Nursing

HRSA grant: Diabetes management

by alicia potter

Photo of Patricia Underwood and Jane Ashley
Patricia Underwood, M.S. ’08, Ph.D. ’11, and Associate Professor Jane Ashley. Photograph: Lee Pellegrini

Boston College has partnered with Brigham and Women’s Hospital on a two-year initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA), to evaluate whether expanded diabetes management services at the hospital will shorten patient stays, lower rehospitalization rates, and reduce average blood sugar (glucose) levels measured in the lab test HbA1c. The project, “Diabetes Management for Surgical Patients: A Team Approach,” funds graduate students in Boston College’s Connell School of Nursing and Graduate School of Social Work to work with hospital physicians and nurses to design educational programs that include didactic and practical training for an interdisciplinary health care team, according to Jane Ashley, a Connell School associate professor with 25 years’ experience in education and 30 years of clinical practice. Ashley is managing the project with Patricia Underwood, M.S. ’08, Ph.D. ’11, a veteran nurse practitioner and research fellow in the endocrine division of Brigham and Women’s, who approached Boston College looking for a collaborator with an expertise in education.