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
  • Meet New AACN-CDC Public Health Nursing Fellow Priya Schaffner RN, FNP-C
    AACN is pleased to announce 2020-2021 ACCN-CDC Public Health Nursing Fellow Priya Schaffner RN, FNP-C. Priya has a background in public health and nursing and has worked with several government programs and non-governmental organizations, including the United States Peace Corps in Togo and Partners in Health in Boston. She also spent two years supporting workforce and career development initiatives and HIV resource development within the CDC’s Division of Global HIV & TB. Priya earned both a Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing and is currently a Doctor of Nursing Practice Candidate at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. As the AACN-CDC Public Health Nursing Fellow, Priya will work in CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases managing the design, distribution, and evaluation of project materials for the Immunization in Undergraduate Nursing Project. The goal of the project is to identify immunization curriculum gaps in undergraduate nursing education and provide information and resources to fill those gaps. Visit the AACN-CDC Public Health Fellowship Program webpage to learn more about the program and current/past fellows.
  • Interview with Dr. Kayla Klein, Community Outreach Specialist, Branson, Missouri
    Dr. Kayla Klein is the Community Outreach Specialist with a rural local public health department located in southwest Missouri. For the past 4 months, Kayla has transitioned into new roles as the health department responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Klein received her DNP in Advanced Public Health Nursing from Rush University College of the Nursing. Click here to read the full interview.
  • AACN Announces Recipients of the Population Health/Social Determinants of Health Case Studies
    AACN is pleased to announce the two recipients of the Population Health/Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Case Studies: Rutgers University School of Nursing and Cizik School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. These two awards of $5,000 will support faculty in the development of an educational unfolding case study focused on population health and SDOH concepts across the continuum of care. The case study will 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 student assessment and a facilitator guide for instructors. The case study will be adapted by AACN for online completion by nursing students across the nation. These awards are funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Academic Partnerships to Improve Health. To learn more about the case studies and other AACN population health nursing initiatives, click here.
  • 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.