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A Grant for Nursing Scholarships The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded $100,000 to LSU Health Sciences Center's School of Nursing to provide scholarships for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who are under-represented in nursing. The funds will support 10 scholarships in the Career Alternative RN Education (CARE) program, which is designed for people who already have a college degree but want to change careers.

Stephanie Pierce, CARE's acting department chair, hopes the grant will help relieve financial stress for her students. "Exit interviews reveal (that) the primary reason for withdrawing from our CARE Program is financial," Pierce says.

In less than two years, CARE students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and complete the registered nurse licensure examination. Mercy and Goodness The federal government has awarded $1.4 million grant to Mercy Family Center (4001 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, 376-2590), an outpatient behavioral clinic for children. The money will enable the center to continue providing mental health services to children, adolescents and their families over the next four years through Project Fleur-de-lis, a school-based mental health program. The program currently serves nearly 70 public, private, charter and parochial schools throughout the New Orleans area; it specializes in assisting people who were affected by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will administer the award, which designates Mercy as a Community Treatment and Services (CTS) Center in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. The goals of CTS centers are to identify the best practices and interventions for addressing child trauma, collaborate with treatment centers and work with other community agencies so the practices and interventions take root within local community service systems. Project Fleur-de-lis was created by Douglas Walker, a child psychologist and clinical director at Mercy Family Center. Kinder, Gentler Mammogram More than 50 percent of women say they experience moderate to extreme discomfort during mammography. This could discourage some women from getting an annual mammogram, which is critical for detecting breast cancer. Lakeview Regional Medical Center (95 E. Fairway Drive, Covington, 985-867-3890) has a solution: BioLucent MammoPads, single-use foam cushions that provide a warmer, more comfortable mammography.

"The MammoPad has made a significant difference in the comfort level of our patients, as well as assisting technologists in better positioning and compression, key components of a good mammogram," says Dr. Bo Kite, director of radiology at Lakeview.

Every two minutes, a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer. However, if the cancer is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes, 98 percent of the patients survive for at least five years. Health Summit for Men Men often ignore their health until there is a crisis, but Xavier University wants to change that by educating men about how monitoring their health can help them avoid significant health issues as they get older. To that end, Xavier (1 Drexel Drive) is hosting the first annual New Orleans Men's Health Summit from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11.

The event will feature discussions on such topics as prostate health, diabetes, post traumatic stress disorder, heart disease, smoking cessation, obesity, mental health, colon cancer, erectile dysfunction and more. Participants also can receive dental examinations and free health screenings for hypertension, cholesterol, glucose/diabetes, prostate cancer and glaucoma. All of the activities will take place in the Xavier University Student Center, and are being sponsored by the National Education Early Detection and Research Program, City of New Orleans Health Department, 100 Black Men of New Orleans, Bright Moments and others.

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