Mary Weber, associate professor in the University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing, received a three-year grant of nearly $1 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Weber will share the money with the college's family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner master's program. She and colleagues will provide future mental health nurse practitioners with knowledge that will allow them to provide quality mental health care in rural areas as well as urban areas that are medically underserved. The program will focus on the elimination of health barriers by giving nurse practitioners an increased supply of, and greater diversity and distribution of providers.
Weber has had 20 years of clinical experience and more than seven years of experience at the graduate nursing level. U.S. News & World Report ranked the College of Nursing's nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist programs among the top 10 in the country earlier this year.