UNCSON Grants Inaugural “Dhillon’s Gift” Awards to Pados, Tan

The UNC School of Nursing is pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural “Dhillon’s Gift” grants, Britt Pados, PhD ’15, RN, NNP-BC, an adjunct faculty member at UNCSON, and Reina Tan, MD, a cardiac electrophysiology fellow at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The $2,500 grants are made possible by the Dhillon Jordan Shah Innovation Fund in Congenital Heart Disease, or “Dhillon’s Gift,” which is housed in the UNC School of Nursing Foundation and is designed to support projects that address aspects of the treatment or care of patients with congenital heart disease.

Pados’s project is entitled Feeding Difficulties in Infants and Young Children with Congenital Heart Disease and will be carried out in North Carolina Children’s Hospital’s Feeding and Swallowing Program.

Tan’s project is entitled Clinical Outcomes of Patients with Congenital Heart Disease following Pacemaker Implantation and will be carried out at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and its associated clinics.

Dhillon’s Gift was established by his maternal grandmother, Professor Bev Foster, and contributed to by many family members, friends and colleagues, with the aim to fund innovative projects and pilot endeavors for students and practitioners at all levels related to congenital heart defects. Preference is given to projects that represent interprofessional efforts, are mentored by experienced faculty and have a plan for dissemination and sustainability of the work. Total awards will not exceed $5,000. Projects with budgets up to $5,000 will be accepted and will be funded in order of priority.

The goal of the initiative is to stimulate the career development and lifelong interest of health professionals in congenital heart disease: prevention, patterns of occurrence, assessment, treatment, care across transitions, family resources and needs across the continuum of care, and the growth and development of the child into adulthood.

“Dhillon’s family is thrilled to join the School of Nursing in announcing the first recipients of Dhillon’s Gift. The opportunity to support the work of young professionals related to congenital heart disease and to honor Dhillon’s life is indeed a special privilege, and we thank those that have donated to the endowment and the countless health professionals who provided loving and supportive care to Dhillon and his family during his courageous journey.”

Please read more on Dhillon and on Dhillon’s Gift here.