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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2020-2021 Fellow:

Priya Schaffner RN, FNP-C

Sponsoring CDC CIO: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

Fellowship Title: Design, Evaluation, and Project Management of the Immunization for Undergraduate Nursing (IRUN) project.

Priya Schaffner RN, FNP-C has a background in public health and nursing and has worked with several government programs and non-governmental organizations. After completing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Indiana University, Priya worked as a community health volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in Togo. Her work included health education and clinical program support at both the local and regional level. Subsequently, she continued her work in global health, assisting clinical nursing and HIV program implementation at Partners In Health in Boston. She also spent two years supporting workforce and career development initiatives and HIV resource development within the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Global HIV & TB. Priya earned both a Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing from Emory University in 2018 and 2019, respectively, and has a clinical focus in primary care. She 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 manage the design, distribution, and evaluation of project materials for the Immunization in Undergraduate Nursing (IRUN) 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. Priya will work with project staff to: 1) develop goals, objectives, timeline, and project milestones; 2) coordinate regularly scheduled work group meetings; 3) develop budget and scope of work recommendations; 4) manage design, development and CDC clearance of product(s); 5) collaborate with nation nursing organizations; and 6) conduct evaluation activities including beta-testing of product(s).

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