Eastern Michigan University Nursing Program Receives Grant from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to Launch Virtual Reality Experience to Improve Health Equity

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YPSILANTI – In an effort to address health inequalities affecting Asian Americans, the nursing program at Eastern Michigan University has received a $ 72,000 grant provided by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to develop clinical simulation tools including 360 degree videos and virtual reality simulation for nursing students to help improve patient care outcomes.

Led by Dr. Tsu-Yin Wu, professor at the EMU School of Nursing and Director of the Center for Innovation and Studies in Health Disparities, the school of nursing’s virtual reality program of EMU offers simulations that offer practical experiences to observe obstacles in the physical and cultural environment. beliefs and practices of individuals and families in Asian-American communities.

According to Valerie Pauli, UEM Nursing Specialist Advisor, “the project is designed to expand the nursing curriculum with advanced innovative teaching strategies and interactive learning opportunities while focusing on social determinants of health, cultural awareness and health literacy ”.

“Nurses play a critical role in meeting the needs of the patients they serve,” said Wu. “This program enables nurses to witness lived experiences beyond their own in order to improve patient outcomes. health of their patients. Innovative approaches like this can help nurses better understand the health needs of patients from different cultural backgrounds and ensure good health for all.

Wu is the Principal Investigator while UEM faculty members including Valerie Pauli, Kathryn Hughesdon, Jenni Hoffman, Meriam Caboral-Stevens, Linda Myler, Kathleen Seurynck, and Huei Lee are involved in various aspects of this program. Currently, EMU nursing students have the opportunity to participate in the virtual reality experience as part of the community health course.

Experts say virtual reality goes beyond simple games and can help nursing students engage in the experience and embrace new ways of learning and interacting.

“We hope that the Michigan nursing community, as well as around the world, will access the website for the simulation material that we have developed to help advance the profession,” Wu said.

For more information, please visit emich.edu/chhs/nursing/360-degree-difference/index.php

About the University of Eastern Michigan

Founded in 1849, Eastern is Michigan’s second oldest public university. It currently serves more than 16,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctorate and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In total, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are awarded by the colleges of arts and sciences of the University; Business; Education; Engineering and technology; Health and social services; and, his graduate school. UEM is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University’s website.


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