Fellowship Program

AACN-CDC Public Health Fellowship Program

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Fellowship opportunities in public health interest areas are available with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the AACN Public Health Fellowship Program.  Fellows will learn in the area of population health and gain hands-on experiences at the community level to enhance their preparation for professional practice.

2015-2016 Fellow: Dr. Laura Whittaker

Sponsoring CDC CIO:  National Center for Chronic Disease and Health Promotion/Division of Population Health, School Health Branch

Fellowship Title:  Managing Chronic Conditions in Schools Nurse Fellow

Laura Whittaker

Laura Whittaker, DNP, MPH APRN-BC, is the 2015-2016 AACN-CDC Public Health Fellow in the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease and Health Promotion, Division of Population Health, School Health Branch.  Her primary project was to support the achievement of the required milestones and performance measures specific to the management of chronic conditions in schools by working closely with CDC project officers, evaluation experts, and scientific experts from the branch.  Specifically, Dr. Whittaker contributed to the completion of a comprehensive, systematic literature review and developed a plan for translation of the results into fact sheets. 

Dr. Whittaker received her DNP from the Yale University of Nursing.  She holds both a BSN and MSN from Virginia Commonwealth University and a MPH from John Hopkins University.  In addition, she earned Post-Masters Certificates in Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Nurse Midwifery from Georgetown University.  For five years, Dr. Whittaker worked at the Peace Corps Headquarters serving in various roles in the Office of Health Services. For more information on Dr. Whittaker’s fellowship experience, please watch the video below.

AACN-CDC Public Health Fellowship Video