AACN-CDC Public Health Fellowship Program

Fellowship opportunities in public health interest areas are available with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the AACN Public Health Fellowship Program. Fellows will learn in the area of population health and gain hands-on experiences at the community level to enhance their preparation for professional practice. 

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2018 Fellows:

Ruth Gallego

Sponsoring CDC CIO: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

Fellowship Title: Implementing Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Integration of Immunization into Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum

Ruth Gallego is the AACN-CDC Nursing Fellow who works with the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American Association of Colleges of Nursing Staff. She assists in implementing Recommendations of the Committee on Integration of Immunization into Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum.

Ms. Gallego earned her MPH with a specialization in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from Washington University in St Louis and her BS in Nursing from CUNY College of Staten Island.

Janice Mark

Sponsoring CDC CIO: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Fellowship Title: Clinical Fall Prevention Fellowship

Janice Mark, DNP, RN, FNP-BC is the AACN-CDC Public Health Fellow in the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Her primary role is to assist the team on several projects including research, evaluation, project management, informatics, and programmatic activities related to older adult falls. Specific activities include: developing a business case for evidence-based clinical fall prevention activities; analyzing data and evaluating strategies to reduce hospital readmissions due to falls; providing technical support for health system implementation, use, and evaluation of falls prevention activities; pursuing opportunities to educate and incentivize clinicians and health systems for integrating fall prevention; assisting in the development of electronic health record (EHR) modules and other health IT products to educate and assist clinicians in addressing their patient’s fall risk; analyzing, interpreting, and publishing a report on fatal and non-fatal injury data to estimate the overall health and economic impact of falls and other injuries; and reviewing and reporting on the health and economic burden related to unintentional injuries that occur in the home and recreational environment.

Dr. Mark is a registered nurse, adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions (USF), and proud mother of two. She received her MSN degree at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as a geriatric clinical nurse specialist (GCNS). She predominately uses her graduate degree instructing BSN students as a clinical and simulation instructor where she is able to express her love for her students and her passion of investing in their future. In addition, she has been a medical surgical staff nurse for 31 years. She has recently completed a DNP and FNP degree at the University of San Francisco. As part of her DNP project, Dr. Mark combined her geriatric knowledge and love of teaching by educating current and future primary care clinicians on the importance of falls risk assessment and management of all community dwelling older adults using STEADI. This was accomplished through her written work, as well as through didactic and simulation training in both the classroom and conference setting. She hopes to continue educating and promoting falls risk assessment and management of all seniors by primary care practitioners.

Past Fellows