Dr. Renee Flippo Awarded Benjamin F. Brown Fund for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Scholarship

June 22, 2020
Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) is pleased to share that Renee Flippo, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, Clinical Associate Professor, LHSON, has been awarded $24,315 from Baylor University through the Dr. Benjamin F. Brown IV Fund for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Scholarship to support the nursing schools work and partnership at Bangalore Baptist Hospital (BBH). The project, titled An Interdisciplinary Approach to Promote Global Public Health by Implementing Evidence-Based Neonatal and Pediatric Palliative Care in India, began June 1, 2020 and runs through May 31, 2021 in partnership with BBH in Bengaluru, India. The project is led by Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Renee Flippo along with Co-PIs, Shelby Garner, PhD, RN, CNE, Associate Professor, LHSON and Jessica Peck, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL, FAANP, Clinical Professor, LHSON.

Baylor University (BU) has a longstanding partnership with BBH, a hospital founded by the International Mission Board in Bengaluru, India. Through the funding of this award, the international interdisciplinary research team will develop, implement and evaluate a comprehensive and culturally relevant neonatal and pediatric palliative care program to be administered through a new Women and Children’s Healthcare and Research Centre in India. The BU and BBH interdisciplinary pediatric healthcare team will expand palliative care services to include children, deliver training for care providers and families, and develop interprofessional service lines for inpatient and outpatient treatment, including use of mobile health technology to reach underserved rural areas.

“This project will positively impact global health outcomes while influencing education and health policy in India. It will also build research and evidence-based practice scholarship capacity at BU,” said Dr. Flippo. “We are excited that the LHSON will start an accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track (PNP) in the Fall of 2020. Each student in this program is required to complete an evidence-based practice project which facilitates an improved change in healthcare practice or health policy. So, the Neonatal and Pediatric Palliative Care Program will provide multiple research exchange and evidence-based practice opportunities for these students every year as students continue to measure the impact of the program on a variety of clinical outcomes among diverse patient populations long after the grant period is complete.”

This project also has the capacity to reach far beyond the boundaries of BBH. Education, health and health policy will be influenced in Bengaluru, India in both the short and long term through this project. BBH operates a peripheral rural hospital with a variety of health projects and development programs in 1,700 surrounding villages. It also serves 12 slum regions through its urban clinic and Community Health Department.
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