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CHEFA Grant to UNH Funds Equipment to Train Paramedics

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1/16/2013 12:00 AM
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January 16, 2013

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WEST HAVEN, CONN.  – The University of New Haven has received a grant of nearly $75,000 from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) to purchase equipment to be used to train paramedics.

The grant will fund the purchase of high-fidelity simulators, which are computerized interactive life-sized manikins. 

“This project will provide an advanced training environment for approximately 300 individuals each year, including students studying emergency medicine and practicing paramedics who need to update their skills,” said Peter Struble, a practitioner-in-residence at UNH and the fire chief in Wallingford, Conn.  “The grant provides potential benefits to any member of the public who uses EMT services throughout the year.”

The simulators permit students to safely practice treatment on “patients” who have undergone trauma.  Using the manikins complements what the students are able to do with actual patients or volunteers posing as patients, Struble said. “This equipment will allow us to test students before and after they use the simulators so we can ensure they have the proper skill level and so we can improve our teaching techniques.”

For the past three years, UNH has partnered with the Yale New Haven Sponsor Hospital Program to deliver a college-based emergency medical technical curriculum with the goal of eventually developing a bachelor’s of science degree in paramedicine.  

The new equipment will be used to train students not only in New Haven, where the hospital is responsible for continuing education of all paramedics in the city of New Haven and 13 communities surrounding the city,  but also to train paramedics and others from around the state. 

CHEFA is a quasi-governmental agency created to help Connecticut-based non-profit organizations raise the funds needed to meet their goals of improving the health and education of the citizens of this state. CHEFA generates revenue from fees for the services it provides to the client base and from investment income, often generating a surplus that it reinvests into the state through contributions and a series of proprietary grant programs intended to provide vital financial support to our clients and other nonprofit organizations whose missions contribute to the well-being of the State's citizens. To date, more than $14 million dollars have been awarded to more than 100 Connecticut nonprofit organizations.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University operates a satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, and offers programs at several locations throughout Connecticut and in California. UNH provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. The University enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.