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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Current Fellow: Earthy "Willie" Spaulding

Sponsoring CDC CIO: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

Fellowship Title: Wisewoman Program Cardiovascular Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Fellow

Earthy "Willie" Spaulding, MSN, RN, is the Public Health Fellow in the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.  Her primary role is to work with community-based organization to develop, coordinate, implement, and manage educational trainings, as well as, gather stakeholder input from experts in the field. More specifically, Ms. Spaulding collaborates with community-based organizations to develop new and/or modify existing lifestyle medicine competencies of preventive medicine clinicians engaged in efforts to improve the cardiovascular hear of Wisewoman participants.

Ms. Spaulding graduated from Harlem Hospital School of Nursing and received her Master of Science in Nursing Education and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Western Governor's University.  She started her career working in the Intensive Care, Emergency, and Burn Units at Harlem Hospital. After a decade of working in these areas, Ms. Spaulding changed her focus to primary prevention in the community by becoming a founding member of a community-based non-profit organization where she provided information, education, and trainings to low income families.

Current Fellow: Adriane Biggio

Sponsoring CDC CIO: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Fellowship Title: Personal Protective Equipment Proper Use in the Healthcare Sectors

Adriane Biggio, MSN, RN is the AACN-CDC Public Health Fellow in the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). She contributes to projects and studies about personal protective equipment with an emphasis on respiratory protection, including disposable and reusable respirators in the United States’ healthcare delivery. She works closely with the projects officers and principal investigators on all aspects of clinical research from design to implementation, including partnerships with healthcare organizations working under contract with CDC/NIOSH. Her specific duties include: survey design, contract preparation, preparation of regulatory materials, collecting and analyzing data, and contributing to translation science.

Ms. Biggio is from Bedford, Virginia. She has a bachelor's degree in Biology from Roanoke College (Salem, Virginia, 2002) and a master's degree in nursing administration from Jefferson College of Health Sciences (Roanoke, Virginia, 2014). Currently, she is a student at James Madison University in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in Leadership in Healthcare Systems (Harrisonburg, Virginia). She has been a registered nurse for thirteen years and has worked in specialties including infection control, psychiatry, oncology, and occupational health. Her passions include public health and advocating for positive system changes. She enjoys reading, working out/yoga, and traveling.

Current Fellow: 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.

Current Fellow: 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.

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