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AACN/CDC Public Health Project Request for Proposals: Academic/Public Health Impact Evaluation Projects

The AACN/CDC Academic Partnership Project is pleased to announce a call for proposals for four small evaluation projects to increase the evidence base in the impact of an academic/practice partnership in public/population health. The small grants are intended to support primary and/or secondary data analysis focused on the impacts of selected interventions undertaken as part of an existing academic/practice partnership that involves an academic partner together with a public health or population health focused community partner and/or a local health department. A focus on the impact on students as well as the community/public health agency and clients is preferred.

Eligible applicants should be current members of AACN involved in an existing graduate or undergraduate academic/practice partnership that has been functional for at least 2 calendar years. The partnership should involve an academic and a public health or population health focused community partner. Four grants in the amount of $5,000 each are available to support a small evaluation project. The application deadline is May 31, 2016 and the awards will be announced on June 28, 2016. For more details and to apply, click here.


AACN and CDC Announce New Call for Proposals for DNP Project

The AACN/CDC Academic Partnership Project is pleased to announce funding support for Doctor of Nursing Practice Evidence-Based Population Health Projects. The partnership project will provide six awards of up to $4,000 for project grants to DNP students from accredited programs in AACN member schools. These grants are intended to support evidence-based projects that contribute to population health outcomes. Awards will be dispersed in four equal quarterly payments after receipt and acceptance of the required progress reports. Proposals are due May 20, 2016. Awards will be announced on June 15, 2016. For more information on the call for proposals including application, click here.

AACN Announces Funding Opportunities for Members

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing, in cooperation with the CDC, is pleased to announce two new calls for proposals for Work Improvement Projects (WIPs). WIPs are non-research domestic or international projects with a workforce development component that are developed, funded, and managed by the Centers, Institutes, and Offices (CIOs) of the CDC. Schools of nursing are eligible and strongly encouraged to apply for these funding opportunities.

The first WIP opportunity titled Evaluation of an Automated Information Extraction Tool for Identification of Venous Thromboembolism in EHRs is to scale-up and validate IDEAL-X (a novel open source information extraction system) to further assess the capacity of the tool to successfully perform VTE identification in at least two hospital settings with different electronic health record systems. The project period for this award is approximately 1 year and is being funded for $200,000.

The second WIP opportunity titled Academic/Practice Partnerships to Impact Population Health in Chronic Disease and Emergency Response will address the need for key public health stakeholders to understand and embrace population health and to identify, link, and begin collaborating with each other. The project period for this award is approximately 1 year and is being funded for $225,000.

AACN is one of four academic partner organizations supported by the CDC through the Academic Partnerships to Improve Health (APIH) cooperative agreement, which means member schools of the other organizations are also eligible for these competitive interprofessional funding opportunities. When applying, please remember member schools of AACN need to submit their applications directly to AACN by emailing Allison Jacobs at no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on April 28, 2016. For more information or to download a grant application, please visit the APIH Cooperative Agreement Funding Opportunities Page.

AACN and the CDC Announce Recipients of the DNP EBP Funding Opportunities

The AACN/CDC Academic Partnership Project is pleased to announce the two recipients of the Doctor of Nursing Evidence-Based Projects funding opportunity. These two $10,000 project grants are intended to support evidence-based projects that contribute to population health outcomes. Read more about the recipients.

Updated Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals Now Available

The Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals are a consensus set of skills for the broad practice of public health, as defined by the 10 Essential Public Health Services. Developed by the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice, the Core Competencies reflect foundational skills desirable for professionals engaging in the practice, education, and research of public health. These competencies are organized into eight domains, reflecting skill areas within public health, and three tiers, representing career stages for public health professionals. To view the compentenices, visit

AACN and CDC Partner to Advance the Public Health Nursing Workforce

AACN has received the third year of funding for the five-year cooperative agreement titled Academic Partnerships to Improve Health (APIH) with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help build capacity in the public health nursing workforce. Through this collaborative initiative, the CDC’s Scientific Education and Professional Development Program Office continues to support faculty development in the area of population health and connect nursing students with hands-on experiences at the community level to enhance their preparation for professional practice.
This landmark agreement marks the first time that a national nursing organization has been invited to partner with the CDC in a manner consistent with arrangements in place for associations representing physicians and public health professionals. For more than 10 years, the CDC has maintained cooperative agreements with the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Association of Prevention Teaching and Research, and the Association of Schools of Public Health to support public health workforce development.  AACN is proud to be included among these organizations and welcomes opportunities to work with our colleagues on advancing public health initiatives, including the Quad Council for Public Health Nursing Organizations and the Council on Linkages, which has recently added AACN as an organizational member. 
The third year of the AACN-CDC cooperative agreement continues to drive improvement of health outcomes by strengthening academia’s connection to public health practice through:

  • improved integration of public health concepts into nursing education programs
  • increased hands-on experience for students working with communities and public health partners
  • an expanded fellowship model that opens the door for field placements in health agencies and communities
  • fostering inter-professional collaboration and learning in health professional education
  • providing options for workforce improvement projects proposed by CDC program offices
  • providing funding opportunities for small impact evaluation grants

For additional information, please contact Allison Jacobs, AACN’s CDC Project Manager,  at