The UNMC College of Nursing developed an Interdisciplinary Healthy Heart Center: Linking Rural Populations by Technology after receiving a Developmental Center Grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Nursing Research. The purpose of the center was to enhance and expand the infrastructure within the College of Nursing necessary to conduct interdisciplinary health promotion/disease prevention for cardiovascular research in rural settings using technology. As a result of this grant, the College of Nursing learned how the essential processes and techniques required for a vibrant center.
Based on experience and lessons learned, the College of Nursing is well situated to make the Center model more inclusive of other chronic health problems. The Center for Patient, Family, and Community Engagement in Chronic Care Management through Discovery, Dissemination, and Diffusion (CENTRIC) brings together scientists, clinicians, educators, and consumers to improve the safety, quality, and efficiency of self-management of chronic conditions by harnessing the power of newly emerging mobile, wearable, and online technologies.
The Center is focused on innovative research to disseminate and diffuse research findings through UNMC’s premier educational programs and extraordinary patient care programs. Faculty and graduate students are supported in developing their research and career trajectories, through studying self-management of chronic conditions in individuals, caregivers, families, and at-risk populations across a variety of settings in the community.