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.


 
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Brain Health Equity Nurse Fellowship

Background

Latino and African American people are disproportionately impacted by Alzheimer’s. In fact, by 2030 African Americans and Latinos will make up 40 percent of Alzheimer’s patients in the United States. To combat this, these communities need equal access to healthcare and more 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 a 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.

National Black Nurses Association, Inc
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.
National Association of Hispanic Nurses
NAHN is committed to advancing the health in Hispanic communities and to lead, promote, and advocate the educational, professional, and leadership opportunities for Hispanic nurses. Learn more here.

 

The Fellowship program is designed to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Improve Knowledge: Provide fellows with tailored continuing education on Alzheimer’s and related dementias to address brain health knowledge gaps.
  2. Cultivate Leadership: Provide fellows with the leadership skills and content needed to promote tailored brain health education among yourtheir peers and in yourtheir community.
  3. 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.

Fellowship Details

Fellow qualifications

  • have a demonstrated interest in addressing health inequities within their community
  • a registered nurse or enrolled in a nursing education program
  • 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

Fellowship Benefits

  • 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 following milestones:
    • Completion of all required workshops - $1,000
    • Community conversation - $500
    • Final evaluation interview and survey -$500

Fellowship Requirements

All Fellows are expected to complete the Fellowship requirements below by August 2023, with an estimated total time commitment of approximately 25 hours. All activities will be online/virtual.

- Leadership development and brain health promotion workshops (Approximately 9 hours total)

  • Understanding Inequities in Alzheimer’s (1-1.5 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)

- 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)

Questions? Reach out to Daphne Delgado, Program Director at ddelgado@usagainstalzheimers.org.

2022 Fellowship Class

Meet the 2022 Fellowship Class

Mia Alcala, DNP, RN, CNS, CEN
Mia Alcala, DNP, RN, CNS, CEN
San Joaquin General Hospital
Oakdale, CA
Trudy Gaillard, PhD, CDCES, FAHA
Trudy Gaillard, PhD, CDCES, FAHA
Florida International University
Miami, FL
Susana Gonzalez, MHA, MSN, RN, CNML
Susana Gonzalez, MHA, MSN, RN, CNML
ASI Home Care
Chicago, IL
LaTonya Hines, BSN, RN
LaTonya Hines, BSN, RN
Emory Healthcare, Emory Rehabilitation Hospital
Atlanta, GA
Victoria Jordan-Smith, MSN, RN, CMSRN
Victoria Jordan-Smith, MSN, RN, CMSRN
Pinson, AL
Judith Laguerre, BSN, RN-BC
Judith Laguerre, BSN, RN-BC
Cambridge Health Alliance
Cambridge, MA
Mario Peregrino
Mario Peregrino
Los Angeles College of Nursing and Allied Health (student)
Los Angeles, CA
Maria Perez, PhD, RNC-OB, LHRM, CHEP, HC
Maria Perez, PhD, RNC-OB, LHRM, CHEP, HC
West Coast University
Hialeah, FL
Dyanne Rodriguez, DNP, RN, MPH
Dyanne Rodriguez, DNP, RN, MPH
University of Alberta; Covenant Health
Edmonton, Canada
Luz Santana, MSN, RN, CMCN, ACRN, CGMT-BC, CDMS, CCM
Luz Santana, MSN, RN, CMCN, ACRN, CGMT-BC, CDMS, CCM
Healthfirst
Brooklyn, NY
Erma Smith-King, PhD, MBA, MPH, RN, CNE, ACUE
Erma Smith-King, PhD, MBA, MPH, RN, CNE, ACUE
North Carolina Central University
Apex, NC
Charlene Whitaker-Brown, DNP, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, CHFN
Charlene Whitaker-Brown, DNP, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, CHFN
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC

 

What the 2022 Fellows Have to Say

 

Judith Laguerre, BSN, RN-BC“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

Mario Peregrino

Dyanne Rodriguez, DNP, RN, MPH

LaTonya Hines, BSN, RN“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

Susana Gonzalez, MHA, MSN, RN, CNML"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 ddelgado@usagainstalzheimers.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.