AACN and the CDC Announce New Public Health Fellowship Opportunity

Last August, AACN commenced a new five-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help build capacity in the public health nursing workforce. This landmark agreement marked the first time that a national nursing organization was invited to partner with the CDC in a manner consistent with arrangements in place for associations representing physicians and public health professionals.

AACN and the CDC are pleased to announce that a new nurse fellowship is now available through this collaborative effort that focuses on Managing Chronic Conditions in Schools (Position Number: 01-117DPH13). Funded by the Division of Population Health located within the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease and Health Promotion, this program provides support to graduate-prepared nurses looking to develop a framework for addressing chronic conditions in school settings. Related activities range in scope from conducting comprehensive literature searches and systematic literature reviews to identifying evidence-based strategies and recommendations for use by schools and school districts who are working to meet the needs of students with chronic conditions. With guidance from a mentor, the nurse fellow will interact with the funded states to assist them in the implementation of the new framework for care by promoting their understanding of recommended strategies and guiding them on appropriate use.

Commencing in January 2014, this 12-month fellowship will be located onsite at a CDC regional office in Atlanta, GA. Eligible applicants must have completed a Doctor of Nursing Practice or master’s degree in nursing prior to the beginning of the fellowship or within the last five years. Nurses interested in applying for a fellowship must submit an online application by September 19, 2013.

For complete details on program eligibility, available funding, and application requirements, see www.aacn.nche.edu/public-health-nursing/AACN-2014-Fellowship.pdf. For more details, contact CDC Fellowship Coordinator Nidia Gaona at 202-463-6930, extension 278 or ngaona@aacn.nche.edu.