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
  • CDC Webinar – Vaccinating Adults with Chronic Conditions: Recommendations and Lessons Learned 
    Thursday, May 28, 2020, from 3-4pm EDT (Tentative)
    It is especially important for adults with chronic health conditions to be up-to-date on recommended vaccinations as they are at increased risk for complications from certain vaccine-preventable diseases. Especially in these challenging times, patients rely on healthcare professionals (HCPs) to advise them about important measures to protect their health—and an HCP recommendation is the strongest predictor of whether adults get vaccinated.
    This webinar is free and open to all, but registration is required. Learn more about this event and register today.

  • Free Webinar!
    Addressing the Intersection of Substance Use and Suicide: Strategies for Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment

    Wednesday, June 3, 2020 @ 1-2:30pm ET (12CT/11MT/10PT)
    Deaths by overdose and suicide continue to increase despite state and national efforts.  Individuals with substance use disorders are at increased risk for suicide.  Efforts to jointly address substance use and suicide are warranted.  This webinar describes suicide risk among those who misuse substances and details multiple strategies for joint prevention, intervention, and treatment in the community and in various service settings. Presented by Brett Harris, DrPH, Clinical Assistant Professor, University at Albany School of Public Health. Learn more and register.
    This webinar is produced in partnership with the University of Cincinnati and NORC at the University of Chicago.  This presentation is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,216,039 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
    To learn more about NORC’s upcoming webinars and to access free on-demand webinars visit this website.
    Questions? Email the NORC SBIRT Team at SBIRTTeam@norc.org.

  • 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.