Clayton State nursing student Rachel Konsky has been honored in Kaiser Permanente’s 2009 – 2010 Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Report. Konsky is highlighted for being the recipient of the corporation’s nursing scholarship and for becoming one of 3,000 members in the “Bridge Program” offered by Kaiser Permanente to lessen the gap of uninsured individuals in Georgia.
Konsky, a graduate of John Bowne High School in Queens, N.Y., enrolled in Clayton State University to broaden her education in caring for others. For years, she has taken care of and spent time with seniors in her community. She decided to enroll in nursing school to draw on her nurturing nature. As a full-time student at Clayton State, Konsky was unable to afford health insurance. Fortunately, she learned that as a nursing student at Clayton State, and with her recent nursing scholarship award from Kaiser Permanente, she might be eligible for the Kaiser Permanente Bridge Program.
Through the Bridge Program Kaiser Permanente offers eligible individuals enrolled in job training, who don’t have access to public or private health insurance, low-cost health care coverage for up to two years. The program was created in 2002 to help address the exploding number of uninsured individuals.
Kaiser Permanente is a corporate partner of Clayton State University and continues to strengthen this relationship with the Clayton State community and the School of Nursing’s Program Coordinator for the Masters in Nursing, Christy Hicks, who manages the Bridge Program at Clayton State.
For more information on Clayton’s School of Nursing and the Bridge Program offered at Clayton visit the School of Nursing’s website at http://nursing.clayton.edu/ .
For more information on the Kaiser Permanente Bridge Program or to view the article on Konsky, visit the Kaiser Permanente website at http://info.kp.org/communitybenefit/html/about_us/global/annualreport_09/index.html.