The College of St. Scholastica has been awarded a $1.4 million, two-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to fund the Rural Academic Practice Partnership (RAPP) for Northeastern Minnesota.

The RAPP initiative will improve access to care, quality of care, and ultimately health outcomes for people living in rural communities of northern and central Minnesota through enhanced placement of nurse practitioner students in rural settings and expanded educational opportunities for rural primary care providers.

St. Scholastica and Essentia Health will collaborate to recruit preceptors and deliver professional development, expand student engagement in rural clinical experiences, and incorporate training around relevant topics such as rural health needs, health disparities, diversity, and cultural competence.