- Associated Press - Monday, January 28, 2019

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) - East Tennessee State University says it will use a $1.4 million federal grant to train sexual assault nurse examiners in rural communities.

According to a news release, the effort is meant to decrease the number of unreported sexual assaults in the Appalachian highlands and increase prosecution.

The money will be used to educate the public and train nurses at ETSU nurse-managed clinics in Johnson, Hancock and Washington counties and at Ballad Health hospitals in rural areas.

Dr. Patti Vanhook is an associate dean in ETSU’s College of Nursing. She says the grant will give rural residents access to sexual assault nurses in primary care clinics, “so the fear of having to go to an emergency room in Johnson City or Kingsport that’s far away from home will not happen.”

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