The United States Consul General in Wuhan, China, Jamie Fouss, presented Project HOPE with the prestigious Heart to Heart Award for promoting collaboration, cultural exchange, and mutual trust among the U.S. and China through HOPE’s pioneering programs to train health professionals and deliver care in Central China.
Thanks to the support of the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Project HOPE has upgraded and improved the training of health workers and increased accessibility to quality nursing education in Wuhan. The HOPE School of Nursing was established in 2002 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, as a collaboration between Wuhan University and Project HOPE and has become one of the leading nursing schools in China.
“We are truly honored to receive the Heart to Heart Award. We have been proud to promote the best American approaches and practices in nursing education in China through international exchange and collaboration, nursing education, curriculum reform, and faculty development with our partner, Wuhan University. This has improved the quality of education of tens of thousands of nurses who are making a huge difference in the lives of so many patients,” said Linda Dong Wei, Senior Program Manager at Project HOPE in Wuhan.
Since 2007, Project HOPE has received multiple ASHA grants that have supported the development of a long-distance teaching center, the School of Nursing Simulation and Research Center, the School of Nursing Comprehensive Simulated Rehabilitation Center, and the School of Nursing Disaster Preparedness Training Center.
Ms. Dong said Project HOPE aims to pursue future opportunities with local partners on health education to benefit local communities. She also attributed much of HOPE’s success at the Wuhan University HOPE School of Nursing to another long-term donor, C.J. Huang and family.
“Project HOPE is celebrating our 35th anniversary in China in 2018 and 20 years at the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center. We feel humbled by the work we have done building the health workforce and inspired to do much more, addressing health needs such as epilepsy, cancer prevention, non-communicable diseases, asthma, and more.”
The Heart to Heart Award from the U.S. Consul General in Wuhan recognizes an organization or individual for excellence in promoting collaboration, international exchange, and mutual trust among the U.S. and China and the people of both nations.
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