Nursing & Allied Health Initiative: Big News-62% Increase in BSN graduates in MA from 2010 to 2015!

Past Awards

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The Board of Higher Education has awarded grants through competitive processes to support a variety of faculty and curriculum projects. Click on a year for more information.

2013: Massachusetts Healthcare Chartbook

The Department of Higher Education (DHE), through the DHE’s Nursing and Allied Health Initiative (N&AHI) grant program, announced on August 7, 2013 an award of $46,607 to Commonwealth Corporation to complete their proposal to produce an update of a previously published document called the Massachusetts Healthcare Chartbook.

The updated Massachusetts Healthcare Chartbook contains charts that inform workforce development professionals, educators, employers, and jobseekers about the status and recent history of Healthcare careers and the Healthcare and Social Assistance Sector in the Commonwealth. It examines changes since 2007 in the wide range of jobs that make up the healthcare workforce and is available for download by clicking the link below.

PDF Download the Massachusetts Healthcare Chartbook


2012: Nursing Education Redesign Grant Program

The DHE's Nursing Education Redesign Grants for FY2012 totalled nearly $195,000. A one-page summary is provided for each.


2011: Nursing Education Redesign Grant Program

DHE awarded over $242,000 as part of the Nursing Education Redesign Grant Program to continue the development of innovations in all aspects of nursing education and especially to expand the scope and scale of successful, prior pilot projects.

The list of awards is as follows:



2008 & 2009: Increasing Faculty through Nurse Scholars Program

In collaboration with the Massachusetts Hospital Association, the Tufts Health Plan Foundation has provided $350,000 over 2 years to support the Nursing Initiative's efforts to increase the number of qualified faculty in nursing programs. To date, eighteen scholarships have been provided to current clinical nurses who are enrolled in masters or doctoral nursing programs and who have committed to teach upon graduation.

More information describing this program:
Patient CareLink
Massachusetts Hospitals Association


2006 Grants

The FY2006 funding priority was increasing the number of Massachusetts higher education clinical and academic nursing faculty. Click here for detailed information on the grants awarded.


2005 Grants

The Board of Higher Education was given $500,000 in the fall 2005 supplemental budget for the Nursing Initiative. The FY2005 funding priorities were established in consultation with stakeholders by identifying best practices from the Nursing Career Ladder Initiative and assessing the results of the Board of Higher Education's analysis of health care industry and public higher education partnerships. Click here for detailed information on the grants awarded.


In addition, the Nursing Initiative has supported development of the Centralized Clinical Placement System and a working group to discuss the Nurse of the Future.