Three fellows will be selected from each of the 10 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regions, for a total of 30 nurses. Each fellow will be paired with a nurse mentor with significant experience in environmental health and community partnerships. Together, the mentor and fellow will identify a target community and develop a plan to guide the Fellowship experience. Fellowship participants will enhance their knowledge and build a breadth of experience. Program requirements for fellows include:
- Commit to year-long participation in the fellowship program (June 1st, 2019- May 31st, 2020)
- Attend monthly webinars (2 hours/month)
- Communicate with mentors at least on a monthly basis (1-2 hour/month)
- Develop a project that addresses an identified community need in partnership with a community-based organization (a local school, faith-based organization, civic organization, non-profit association [including environmental organization], community-engagement programs of hospitals/health systems, etc.) The project will vary depending on the community and environmental issue being addressed. Here are some examples to give you an idea of the scope of the project: developing a factsheet or toolkit for community members on a local environmental health problem, assisting in organization of a community forum to provide education on environmental issues, acting as a health expert for environmental health efforts or advocacy campaigns, providing technical assistance for an organizational report, etc.
- Hold three educational sessions for health professional colleagues on environmental health that includes work conducted during the program. Examples of potential venues for education, but not limited to, include staff meetings, lunch and learns, regional nursing organization meetings, academic settings, or state and national nursing conferences.
- Provide quarterly reports to mentor and program staff on project and Fellowship progress
- Attend two 2-day, in-person national Fellowship meetings throughout the program period (June 3rd-5th 2019 in Philadelphia, PA and March 2020 location TBD). Note: The cost of travel and lodging will be covered by ANHE.
Through participating in the program, fellows will receive at a minimum 36 hours of nursing continuing education hours and demonstrate learning through a community-based project addressing a specific environmental health concern.
Applicants to the program must:
- Have an active nursing license and at least three years of nursing experience
- Express interest in environmental health nursing
- Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Preferred candidates, although not required, will have an existing relationship with a specific community-based group, access to forums to educate other nurses (e.g. graduate student, faculty, leadership role within nursing organization, or supervisor/manager), and have experience working on public or environmental health issues.
How do I apply for the program?
Applicants must submit the following to be considered for the fellowship:
- Contact information (name, address, email, telephone, employer/affiliated organization and position held, nursing licensure number)
- Two letters of recommendation
- Essay Questions
- Please provide a brief description of your nursing experience and any applicable experience working with communities or community-based organizations. (500 words max)
- In further detail, outline your interest in environmental health and include any relevant work, volunteer, or educational experience. (500 words max)
- Provide a brief summary of what you bring to the fellowship program and what you hope to learn from participating. (500 words max)
To apply please feel out this form by 23:59 ET on March 31st, 2019. Applications are evaluated by a designated committee of environmental health nurse experts with determination made by a final selection committee. Applicants are selected based on their commitment to achieving health equity through addressing environmental issues, interest in further developing skills to advance community-level solutions and initiatives, and ability to adhere to program activities and expectations. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by April 16th, 2019. Fellowship start date is June 1st, 2019.
For questions regarding the Fellowship or any issues with the application process please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Environmental Health Nurse Fellowship program is made possible through the generous support from the Kresge Foundation. The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments values diversity and inclusion in the workplace and encourages nurses from all backgrounds and experiences to apply.