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Applications Needed for Impact Evaluation Grants

AACN and the CDC are pleased to announce that new funding is available for three small evaluation projects focused on expanding the evidence base related to the impact of academic-practice partnerships on public/population health. These grants are intended to support primary and/or secondary data analysis on the impact of selected interventions undertaken as a partnership involving an academic institution and a public/population health-focused community agency and/or a local health department. 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 two calendar years. Three grants in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded through this program. The application deadline is November 15, 2014, and awards will be announced on November 30, 2014.  For more details and to apply, click here.

New Fellowship Opportunity is Available through the AACN/CDC Cooperative Agreement

AACN and the CDC are pleased to announce their third fellowship opportunity focused on Managing Chronic Conditions in Schools. 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 Master’s level-prepared nurses looking to develop a framework for addressing chronic conditions in school settings. This 12-month fellowship will begin January 2015 and will be located at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta, GA. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm (ET) on Friday, October 17, 2014. For complete details on program eligibility, available funding, and application requirements, click here or contact the CDC Project Coordinator Nidia Gaona at

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 Mary Paterson, AACN’s CDC Project Director,  at 202-463-6930 ext. 219 or