Community Engagement

Serving More Diverse Populations in Clinical Settings

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With an increased focus on value-driven health care, CRNAs are taking on larger roles in patient and family centered care, symptom management, outpatient surgeries, and palliative care. The MSN CRNA program curriculum is changing to reflect this new role and responsibility. The program is incorporating a broader range of community-based clinical learning opportunities to increase students’ understanding of the impacts of social and cultural factors on patients across diverse populations. These clinical learning experiences will also enable students to better identify and address health disparities and social determinants of health in their practice.

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The CRNAs in 3D project is also committed to the community of Chattanooga and the surrounding area. It is the aim of the program to graduate culturally competent CRNAs that will serve in the region—including other nearby states and counties like southeast Tennessee that are medically underserved areas.

If you represent a local agency in Chattanooga, TN or Tupelo, MS that would like to partner with us, please contact Robin Sturnes at Robin-Sturnes@utc.edu.