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

  • February 8, 2022
    New AACN Resource to Measure Population Health Competencies

    AACN is pleased to announce the availability of a Public/Population Health Nursing Assessment Vignette to measure BSN level competencies in population health. The vignette can be used as part of a course in population or public health or as part of an end-of-program course to determine student ability to synthesize population health concepts with other knowledge/skills across the patient care continuum. Additionally, the vignette can be used as a learning tool for individuals or as a group discussion tool. This vignette was piloted and found to be a valid and reliable measure of identified population health/public health nursing competencies. Faculty can use the vignette as a template for development of additional vignettes to assess competencies delineated in the AACN Essentials Population Health Domain. The development of the vignette was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Academic Partnerships to Improve Health initiative. 

  • January 19, 2021
    AACN Launches New National Campaign to Elevate Academic Nursing’s Role in Administering the COVID-19 Vaccine

    Through this initiative, nursing schools will pledge their support to safely engage faculty, students, and other stakeholders in the work underway to administer the vaccine and educate citizens on protecting themselves against this public health threat.