Nursing and Health Studies: School changes its name, dean appointed to Health Commission

Nathan Zoschke

The UMKC School of Nursing changed its name on March 4 to the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies.

The name change was enacted in order to meet greater needs in the community.

“We wanted a name that more closely represents the breadth of offerings we are providing,” said Lora Lacey-Haun, Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Studies.

In 2011, the school added a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree, making the School of Nursing reach beyond just nursing students.

The school now trains professionals to direct hospital procedures, lead community outreach operations and manage health records.

“The program has become increasingly popular, growing from an initial enrollment of 20 students to more than 200 today,” Lacey-Haun said. “We believe the program will have more than 500 students in the near future.”

Last fall, the School joined with the Collaborative for Excellence in Behavioral Health Research and Practice in order to educate professionals who treat substance-use disorders.

Later this month, the School will announce a partnership with the University of Missouri’s health education school.

Last week, Lacey-Haun was also appointed to a three year term on the Kansas City Health Commission.

Appointed by Kansas City Mayor Sly James, she will serve as the co-chair to a body consisting of 17 members also appointed by the mayor.

Lacey-Haun will focus on advising the mayor on issues related to community health.

“I am honored to receive this position,” said Lacey-Haun. “The mission is to provide healthy solutions for Kansas Citians, and I take that very seriously.”

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