In August 2010, The Atlantic Philanthropies awarded a grant to Chaminade University of Honolulu (CUH) in the amount of $250,000, that ran through March 2012 for the purpose of establishing a distinguished visiting faculty program for CUH School of Nursing.
Faculty members from one of the nation's top schools of nursing at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) worked with Chaminade to provide professional development for Chaminade's School of Nursing faculty and to research health disparities in the Hawaiian community. Selected Chaminade faculty spent two summers in San Francisco working closely with UCSF nursing faculty in order to develop expertise in the area of advanced simulation and to develop a strategic plan for opening a nurse-run clinic in an underserved area of Oahu.
University of California, San Francisco - School of Nursing also received a matching award of $250,000 for the same time period for faculty to participate in the distinguished visiting faculty program and to do research in the area of health disparities in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.
The partnership between the two universities was spearheaded by Dr. Kathleen A. Dracup, former Dean of UCSF School of Nursing, and Dr. Helen Turner, Chaminade University’s Dean of Natural Science and Mathematics Division, and was implemented by Dr. Stephanie Genz, Chaminade University’s Dean of the School of Nursing, and Dr. Patricia Sparacino, Academic Coordinator Emerita for UCSF School of Nursing.
The relationships established during the grant continue to exist, with on-going collaboration between the two Schools of Nursing. Faculty from UCSF and CUH continue to work on course development, publications and research.