Brain Health Equity Nurse Fellowship
Our Vision: Empower nurses with the knowledge and public health leadership skills needed to promote brain health in communities with a high risk for Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
Brain Health Equity Nurse Fellowship
African American people and Latino people are disproportionately impacted by Alzheimer’s. In fact, by 2030 African American and Latino people will make up 40 percent of Alzheimer’s patients in the United States. To combat this, these communities need equal access to healthcare and reliable information about brain health from people they trust – and nurses are among the most trusted voices in communities across the country.
However, nurses themselves need more information about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia (ADRD). That’s why the UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Center for Brain Health Equity designed the Brain Health Equity Nurse Fellowship to address knowledge gaps among African American and Latino nurse professionals, so they are better equipped to promote brain health in the communities they serve.
The fellowship is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and was created in partnership with the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA), the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN), and an interdisciplinary network of subject matter experts.
NBNA's, mission is to provide a forum for collective action by African American nurses to represent and provide a forum for black nurses to advocate for and implement strategies to ensure access to the highest quality of healthcare for persons of color. Learn more here.
The Fellowship program is designed to achieve the following objectives:
- Improve Knowledge: Provide fellows with tailored continuing education on Alzheimer’s and related dementias to address brain health knowledge gaps.
- Cultivate Leadership: Provide fellows with the leadership skills and content needed to promote tailored brain health education among their peers and in their community.
- Facilitate Networking and Linking: Connect fellows to a national network of nurses and experts working at the intersections of brain health, public health, and health equity to create opportunities for collaboration, knowledge sharing, and linking of local resources.
To learn more about the need and background for the creation of the Brain Health Equity Nurse Fellowship, click here.
- Have a demonstrated interest in addressing health inequities within their community
- Be a registered nurse or enrolled in a nursing education program
- Be a current, in-good-standing member of EITHER the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) and/or National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)
- Have demonstrated an interest in public leadership, speaking, and outreach
- Special consideration will be given to early career candidates
- Training from nationally recognized public health leaders to strengthen your leadership and public health skills
- Opportunity to earn Continuing Education (CE) credits through UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Brain Health Academy
- Opportunity to network with experts across nursing, aging, and health equity fields
- National and local recognition opportunities showcasing your work
- Fellows will receive an educational stipend of $2,000 in installments throughout the fellowship, disbursed after the completion of the certain milestones.
All Fellows are expected to complete the Fellowship requirements below by August 2023, with an estimated total time commitment of approximately 25-28 hours. All activities will be online/virtual. (Schedule below is subject to change)
- Leadership development and brain health promotion workshops (Approximately 9-10 hours total)
- Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (1.5 hours)
- Understanding Inequities in Alzheimer’s (1.5 hours)
- Social media for healthcare professionals (2-3 hours)
- Building engagement and trust in community settings (2 hours)
- Preparing to lead your own community conversation (1.5-2.5 hours)
- Brain health community engagement and community conversation planning (Approximately 6.5 hours total)
- Host at least 1 brain health community conversation to reach at least 20-25 peers in your community; conduct post-survey of all session participants (Approximately 1.5-2 hours total)
- Host at least 1 brain health community conversation to reach at least 20-25 community members (Approximately 1.5 hours total)
- Promoting educational resources to your local communities via social media and traditional media (Approximately 3 hours total)
- Contribute to Evaluation Efforts (1 hour)
- Optional Networking (4 hours)
2023 Fellowship Class
Meet the 2023 Fellowship Class
Saint Thomas University
Miami Gardens, FL
University of San Diego Medical Center
Chula Vista, CA
University of Louisville School of Nursing
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing
DePaul University School of Nursing; Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
University of Texas at El Paso College of Nursing
El Paso, TX
Redlands Community Hospital
San Bernadino, CA
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
University of Michigan – Flint
ASI Home Care
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Alumni Class of 2022
- Luz Alcala DNP, RN, CNS, CEN, Oakdale, CA
- Trudy Gaillard PhD, CDCES, FAHA, Miami, FL
- Sussie Gonzalez MHA, MSN, RN, CNML, Chicago, IL
- LaTonya Hines BSN, RN, Atlanta, GA
- Victoria Jordan-Smith MSN, RN, CMSRN, Pinson, AL
- Judith Laguerre BSN, RN-BC, Cambridge, MA
- Mario Peregrino, Los Angeles, CA
- Maria Perez PhD, RNC-OB, LHRM, CHEP, HC, Hialeah, FL
- Dyanne Rodriguez DNP, RN, MPH, Boston, MA
- Luz Santana MSN, RN, CMCN, ACRN, CGMT-BC, CDMS, CCM, Brooklyn, NY
- Erma Smith-King PhD, MBA, MPH, RN, CNE, ACUE, Apex, NC
- Charlene Whitaker-Brown DNP, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, CHFN, Charlotte, NC
What the 2022 Fellows Have to Say
“The fellowship has been the most remarkable career experience I have had, so far. This fellowship has afforded the opportunity to deeply broaden my understanding, knowledge and skills on so many topics, including public speaking, health and social policies, research and clinical trials implementations, dissemination of health-related info on social media, community engagement, development of professional networks, and the ability to influence and support my community. I’m thankful for the breadth and depth of the learning opportunity, connections I’ve made and the guidance I’ve received.” – Judith Laguerre, BSN, RN-BC
Charlene Whitaker-Brown, DNP, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, CHFN
Dyanne Rodriguez, DNP, RN, MPH
“I was blessed to be selected for the inaugural Brain Health Equity Nurse Fellowship Class of 2022. I cannot say enough about the UsA2 team that helped me grow in knowledge, and a better understanding of Alzheimer's Disease. The fellowship made me aware of the disparities in brain health affecting the African American and Latino communities and modifiable risk factors.I always wanted to make a larger impact in the community regarding Alzheimer's Disease awareness and thanks to this fellowship I feel better prepared to get the word out!” – LaTonya Hines, BSN, RN
"I was privileged to be a part of the inaugural fellowship and what a phenomenal experience it has been. I have met amazing fellows located across the nation and established great professional friendships for a lifetime. The brain health equity knowledge and tools we have obtained helped me personally and professionally and I will be able to make an impact locally in sharing my knowledge on brain health equity." – Sussie Gonzalez, MHA, MSN, RN, CNML
Dr. Maria Perez
Dr. Erma Smith-King
Contact Information & Acknowledgements
Any questions? Reach out to Daphne Delgado, Program Director of the UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Center for Brain Health Equity, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This fellowship is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award (1NU58DP006781) totaling $1.5 million with 100% funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, CDC, HHS or the US Government.