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


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.

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 their peers and in their community.
  3. Facilitate Networking: 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 and knowledge sharing.

To learn more about the need and background for the creation of the Brain Health Equity Nurse Fellowship, click here.

2024 Fellowship Details

2024 Application Now Closed

2024 Fellow Qualifications

  • Have a demonstrated interest in addressing health inequities within their community
  • Be a registered nurse or enrolled in an accredited 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 students and 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
  • Educational stipend of $2,000 in installments throughout the fellowship, disbursed after the completion of the certain milestones

2024 Fellowship Requirements

All 2024 Fellows will be expected to complete the Fellowship requirements below between February - August 2024, with an estimated total time commitment of approximately 25-28 hours. All workshops will be held over Zoom. The schedule below is subject to change.

- Leadership development and brain health promotion workshops (Approximately 9-10 hours total)

  • Orientation & Welcome session
  • Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
  • Understanding Inequities in Alzheimer’s
  • Social Media for Healthcare Professionals 
  • Building Trust in Community Settings
  • Preparing to lead your own community conversation

- Brain health community engagement and community conversations (Approximately 4-6.5 hours total). Plan, host, and lead at least two in-person brain health conversations (1.5 hours each) to reach a total of 25 people per audience; conduct post-survey of all conversation participants.

  • 1 conversation with peers
  • 1 conversation with community members

- 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 Opportunities (8 hours). Fellows will be offered optional opportunities to network with fellowship alumni, subject matter experts and learn about related topics (such as caregiving, nurses in clinical research), etc.

2024 Fellowship Class

Meet the 2024 Fellowship Class

  • Judith Armstrong
    Judith Armstrong
    Arizona College of Nursing
    Las Vegas, NV
  • Justine Obiakor MSc, BSN-RN, BS
    Justine Obiakor MSc, BSN-RN, BS 
    Azusa Pacific University
    Fontana, CA
  • Sandra Calderon MS, RN, FNP-C
    Sandra Calderon MS, RN, FNP-C
    University of California Davis Health System; Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing UCD
    Sacramento, CA
  • LaQuadria Robinson, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC
    Kiba Ortiz MSN, RN 
    Parkland Health; Johns Hopkins School of Nursing; Thrive Pediatrics
    Princeton, TX
  • Stephannie Cooper Clement RN, MSN, FNP, CCM
    Stephannie Cooper Clement RN, MSN, FNP, CCM
    Public Health Nursing Leader
    Cary, NC
  • Mavely Penzo BSN, RN
    Mavely Penzo BSN, RN
    Northwell Hospital
    New York, NY
  • Tammy Davis RN
    Tammy Davis RN
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Birmingham, AL
  • Jose Perpignan BA, BS, RN
    Jose Perpignan BA, BS, RN
    University of Rochester School of Nursing
    Webster, NY
  • Irene Lares MSN, RN
    Irene Lares MSN, RN 
    Doctors Hospital at Renaissance
    Edinburg, TX
  • Aundrea Robinson-Burris MSN, BS, RN
    Aundrea Robinson-Burris MSN, BS, RN
    Veterans Health Administration
    Kentwood, MI
  • Missy Moore BSN, RN, WCC, DWC, CHPN
    Missy Moore BSN, RN, WCC, DWC, CHPN
    Bridgepoint Healthcare
    Washington, DC
  • Liliana Trespalacios RMA, BSN
    Liliana Trespalacios RMA, BSN
    Herzing University
    Mundelein, IL

 Alumni Mentors 

  • Sarah Yvonne Jimenez, PhD, RN
    Sarah Yvonne Jimenez, PhD, RN
    University of Texas at El Paso College of Nursing
    El Paso, TX
  • LaQuadria Robinson, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP-BC
    LaQuadria Robinson, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP-BC
    University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing
    Calera, AL


Class of 2023

  • Johanni Cadet, BSN, RN, Miami Gardens, FL
  • Bre Craddock, BSN, RN, CCRN, Louisville, KY
  • Janelle Eradiri, Freeport, NY
  • Sarah Yvonne Jimenez, PhD, RN, El Paso, TX
  • Roberto Molina Bon, MS, BSN, RN, Dunellen, NJ
  • Lorena Perez, MSN, PhD-C, RN, PHN, Chula Vista, CA
  • LaQuadria Robinson, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, Birmingham, AL
  • Jennifer Sandoval, MSN, RN, Chicago, IL
  • Abraham Vargas Moreno, San Bernadino, CA
  • Juanita Wells, DNP, RN, Flushing, MI

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


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 [email protected].

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.