Population Health Nursing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Academic Partnerships to Improve Health focuses on building public health workforce capacity and improving health of individuals and communities through alliances among academic associations and CDC. In August 2012, CDC awarded AACN and three other national academic associations funds to support enhanced teaching of concepts of population health and provide practical, hands-on experience at the community level for nursing, medical, and public health students.

News & Updates
  • AACN and NIDA Announce 2019 Call for Evidence-Based Practice Proposals on Substance Use Disorder Treatment
    AACN is pleased to announce availability of a National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) mentored training award to support a graduate student (Master's, Doctoral, or Post-Doctoral) from an accredited program (or a PhD program) at an AACN member school. The grant will support an evidence-based project (EBP) focusing on Substance Use Disorders (SUD) treatment practices in health care. Two awards of up to $10,000 are available for the selected awardee(s), who will develop a project that will advance research, dissemination, and adoption of evidence-based SUD treatment practices. Applicants are encouraged to develop projects that address or improve current gaps in the dissemination of research findings or implementation/adoption of evidence-based treatment practices. The awardee also will have an opportunity to present project results via poster at an AACN conference. The application deadline is November 4, 2019. Awards will be announced on December 6, 2019. Learn more.
  • AACN Funding Opportunity: Population Health/Social Determinants of Health Case Studies
    AACN is providing two small grants ($5,000 maximum potential award) to faculty to support the development of an educational unfolding case study focused on population health and social determinants of health concepts across the continuum of care. The case study should teach nursing students to: identify social factors that impact the health of their patients and communities; include community-based and other social services and programs in the care of their patients; and understand how the choices and engagement of nursing professionals can impact the health of patients and populations. Each unfolding case study will include a quiz or other form of student assessment pilot tested with at least 5 students and a facilitator guide for instructors. The case study will be adapted by AACN for online completion by nursing students across the nation. For background, eligibility, and application information, visit the Awards Announcement. Applications for the awards are due Wednesday, December 4, 2019. For more information contact the Associate Director of Population Health Initiatives Allison Jacobs at ajacobs@aacnnursing.org.
  • Free 2019 SBIRT Webinar Series
    There is still time to watch all six free trainings of the 2019 Adolescent SBIRT Webinar Series. Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing those disorders.  This webinar series is hosted by NORC at the University of Chicago, the Adolescent SBIRT Project, and The BIG Initiative, with funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The webinar series is ideal for nurses and other health professionals that are interested in learning about SBIRT. For more information, descriptions, learning objectives, PowerPoint slides, presenter biographies, and webinar recordings, click here.  
  • AACN Announces Online Interprofessional Module on Foodborne Outbreak
    Designed to facilitate collaboration and shared learning experiences among nursing, medical, and public health students, Navigating a Foodborne Outbreak: Preparation for Interprofessional Practice is a free, self-paced, interactive, online teaching module demonstrating the importance of interprofessional practice among health professionals to improve and protect population health.  The case scenario of the module is a fictional foodborne illness based on the 2015-2016 multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Poona associated with cucumbers.  Settings in the module include clinical encounters with symptomatic patients, the local public health department response, and an interprofessional debriefing meeting among clinical and public health professionals involved in the outbreak.  
  • Now Available: Metrics That Matter for Population Health Action: Workshop Summary

    The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a workshop to explore the status and uses of measures and measurement in the work of improving population health. Participants explored existing and emerging population health metric sets and characteristics of metrics necessary for stakeholder action across multiple sectors. This report summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.

  • PEHSU Educational Opportunities for Nursing Students, Faculty, and Practitioners

    The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU) is an interconnected system of specialists located throughout North America who respond to questions from public health professionals, clinicians, policy makers, and the public about the impacts of environmental factors on the health of children and reproductive-age adults. Read more about PEHSU. PEHSU’s National Classroom offers a variety of free educational opportunities that include the ability to obtain continuing education. View a chart outlining learning opportunities for nursing students, faculty, and practitioners. To access online classes and webinars, please visit the National Classroom.