HIP Health Plan of New York Donates $100K to the NYU College of Nursing Leadership Institute for Black Nurses

Training sessions to take place at HIP’s corporate offices in January 2007

New York, NY – November 2006 — The New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN) has received a generous grant of $100,000 from HIP Health Plan of New York (HIP) to continue its Leadership Institute for Black Nurses, now in its second year. The program, conceived by Yvonne Wesley, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., an alumna and adjunct associate professor of nursing, and Dean Terry Fulmer, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.AN., helps black nurse managers to both envision and achieve career goals in administration, education, and research. It was founded not only to advance black nurses’ careers but also to address the extreme disparities in health between African-Americans and other groups in the United States.

“This program was established in keeping with a long tradition of commitment to black nursing leadership,” says Fulmer. “With the grant from HIP, the Institute’s commitment to education, mentorship, and as a resource to empower nurses has been greatly enhanced. We are delighted by and appreciative of HIP’s commitment to and generous support of developing leaders in nursing.”

“We are proud to associate with NYUCN in support of this innovative and important program,” said Anthony L. Watson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HIP Health Plan of New York. “Supporting the community of which we are a part has been a commitment of ours for nearly 60 years and this initiative is one more example.”

The program, directed by May Dobal, Ph.D., R.N., consists of six monthly sessions that address such topics as individual efficacy, leadership paradigms, negotiation and collaboration, evaluating the impact of project outcomes, the economics of health care, and quality of leadership life. The monthly sessions address practical management and leadership skills that nurses need to ascend the career ladder. The program also addresses less tangible issues, such as the need to be more aware of one’s educational and career potential and to advocate for one’s self among people who can make a difference. Each of the participants is paired with an African-American nurse mentor/advisor for the community health projects that participants undertake.

The Leadership Institute for Black Nurses aims to help participants not only build on their personal strengths to develop leadership ability, but also gain practical management skills, such as developing a vision, evaluating and measuring program outcomes, and understanding health care management and finances.

HIP Health Plan of New York is the largest HMO in New York City based on membership. HIP provides access to physician services and hospital care in a variety of ways. We contract with more than 160 hospitals, including major acute care institutions, in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts to provide services to our members. HIP members have access to HIP-contracted doctors in large, multi-specialty group practices and in facilities associated with some of New York’s leading hospitals, as well as those practicing in their own offices. HIP’s total network, including subsidiaries, comprises nearly 43,000 physicians and other providers in over 72,000 locations in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. HIP acquired Vytra Health Plans in 2001; ConnectiCare, one of the largest health plans in Connecticut, in 2005; and PerfectHealth in 2006. Our combined membership is approximately 1.3 million. In 2005, the boards of directors of HIP and Group Health, Inc. (GHI) agreed to affiliate. Together, HIP and GHI will have more than 4 million members and offer about 85,000 providers in over 150,000 locations. The affiliation is subject to regulatory approval. For additional information about HIP, please visit our Web site at www.hipusa.com. It is available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Korean.

The NYU College of Nursing at the College of Dentistry is located on New York University’s historic Greenwich Village campus in New York City. The College of Nursing is one of the leading nursing programs in the United States. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Master of Arts and Post-Master’s Certificate Programs; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Research Theory and Development. For more information, please visit www.nyu.edu/nursing.

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