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: Dr. Michael Bach

Sponsoring CDC CIO: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

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

Michael Bach, PhD, RN is the 2017 AACN-CDC Public Health Fellow in the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. His primary role is to contribute to a project that is a PPT Sentinel Surveillance System, which will monitor PPE usage as it relates to hazards within a hospital settings. Dr. Bach assists the Project Officer in all aspects of the study, including developing surveillance questions and metrics, collecting and analyzing data, and helping to be strategic in dissemination schemes.

Dr. Bach received his PhD in Nursing from Binghamton University. His research focused on respirator use and levels of fatigue in auto body workers. At Binghamton University, Dr. Bach was awarded the Fellowship in Diversity from the Clark Family Foundation. He holds an Associates in Business Administration and Management and a BSN from Pennsylvania State University. For over ten years, Dr. Bach served his community as a EMT-B and rescue diver.  

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 2016-2017 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.

Past Fellows