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
  • Apply to be a Part of the Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative

    The Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative is an annual program that trains interdisciplinary teams of professional students from schools around the country to learn to work with complex medical and social needs using a patient-centered approach. Student Hotspotting is part of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers’ effort to educate and provide mentorship for the next generation of health care professionals and is run through the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs.

  • Available WIPs: Foundations of Population Health Science and Practice – Mini Course for Public Health Professionals

    Health departments and community-based organizations that operate with public health central to their mission have unique needs, modalities, approaches, regulatory, and public policy contexts to inform their population health improvement efforts. Population health trainings/mini courses that specifically address the unique needs and goals of public health are not universally accessible. There is a need for training that provides high yield information that equips the public health workforce with foundational knowledge in population health science and best practices in population health. The proposed WIP will contribute to the ongoing professional development of the public health workforce by increasing their foundational knowledge of population health science and the effective design, implementation, and evaluation of population health practice activities.

  • 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.