Source: Daily Breeze
The Cal State Dominguez Hills nursing and occupational therapy training facilities will receive some serious upgrades thanks to a chunk of federal funding Rep. Nanette Diaz-BarragÃ¡n helped secure.
The Democratic congresswoman, whose district includes Dominguez Hills, visited the universityâ€™s campus, near Carson, on Wednesday, May 4, to present the $700,000 in federal money that will help improve the training laboratory at the College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing.
Diaz-BarragÃ¡n requested the funds through the recently passed congressional spending package, according to a CSUDH press release.
â€œThis is about you,â€ Diaz-BarragÃ¡n said to students during her campus visit. â€œWith upgraded clinical laboratory equipment, students will have access to the modern tools and equipment needed to obtain the skills and training needed to successfully enter the health care workforce.â€
The College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing will soon be home to the first and only publicly funded Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy Program in Southern California, officials said.
Dominguez Hills will use the funding to buy new equipment, supplies and teaching tools, including hospital beds, examination tables, a classroom camera, assessment materials and more.
â€œThis investment will contribute to enhanced educational experience, more local hires at hospitals and community centers,â€ Diaz-BarragÃ¡n said, â€œand better public health outcomes in medically underserved communities here in Californiaâ€™s 44th District and throughout the Greater Los Angeles metro area.â€
Under guidelines from the House Appropriations Committee â€” which selects projects to receive funding via the spending bill â€” each congressional representative can request funding for up to 10 projects in their districts per fiscal year. The process is generally highly competitive as allocations are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams.
State and local governments, as well as specific nonprofits, are the only groups eligible to receive funding through this program, the press release said.
Originally, CSUDHâ€™s program had been allocated $691,680 â€” but in a relatively unprecedented move, the House Appropriations Committee rounded that number up to $700,000.
Itâ€™s â€œsomething that rarely happens,â€ Diaz-BarragÃ¡n said.
The money will help the university continue educating health care providers who will serve the Greater Los Angeles area, said CSUDH President Thomas Parham.
â€œThese laboratory upgrades will enhance the instructional and research capability of our faculty, the educational experience and success of students, and contribute to improving the delivery of health care and therapeutic services throughout the region,â€ Parham said in the release, â€œthus reducing health disparities and fostering long-term health outcomes for generations to come.â€