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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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.

Learn more about the fellowship here.

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.

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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.
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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.

Meet the 2022 Fellowship Class

(listed alphabetically by last name)

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

 

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

Become a Brain Health Expert – Join the Brain Health Academy!

Brain Health AcademyWhile fellowship applications are currently closed, there are still incredible ways to improve brain health equity in your community – join the UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Brain Health Academy!

The Academy is designed to equip healthcare providers and wellness professionals with the knowledge and resources to help people reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s and related dementias. This includes helping people understand the connection between lifestyle interventions and brain health.

Through a series of six courses covering the science and interventions for key modifiable risk factors for dementia, including nutrition, sleep, social isolation and loneliness, physical inactivity, and hypertension, learn how people can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and the role you can play in raising awareness among patients and clients. Special attention will be given to ensuring culturally competent strategies for serving populations that are disproportionately impacted by Alzheimer’s and related dementias.  

The Academy is free, and each course offers Continuing Education (CE) credits by eight accrediting organizations. Courses are offered the second Wednesday of each month from 1-2 pm ET and are open to anyone but geared toward professionals involved in health and wellness. To register and learn more click here.

Acknowledgements

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.