Public Health Nursing
AACN and CDC Partner to Advance the Public Health Nursing Workforce
AACN has received the second-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 second 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
For additional information, please contact Mary Paterson, AACN’s CDC Project Director, at 202-463-6930 ext. 219 or firstname.lastname@example.org.