Integrated Public Health Nursing Training and Internship Program

Providing Milwaukee nursing students with education and training in public health

Full Project Name:Integrated Public Health Nursing Training and Internship ProgramPrimary Community Organization:Milwaukee Area Health Education CenterPrimary Academic Partner:Joni Williams, MD, MPH, MedicineAward Amount:400,000
Award Date
Project Duration:48 months

Project Description Narrative:

In 2017, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation brought together a group of thought leaders to explore the key roles that nurses play in improving the health of the U.S. population. This resulted in the development of recommendations that nursing and health care move beyond the individualistic, downstream focus of traditional medical care and view people in the context of their environment. Yet within nursing education and practice, more emphasis on population health is still required.

Through this project, partners will take a multi-pronged approach to developing a system that will infuse the nursing curriculum with education on the social determinants of health and provide nursing students with opportunities to understand, engage with, and experience public health fields in order to build a workforce that is able to address both acute care and community needs.

Community partners:
City of Milwaukee Health Department, Wisconsin Department of Health Services-Public Health Nurses Association, Wisconsin Public Health Association-Southeast Wisconsin Public Health Nurse Residency Program, UW-Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Fast Forward; JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and Health Professions of Alverno College

Project Updates:

  • Demonstrated progress in four of the five aims listed in the grant proposal during the reporting period
  • First cohort completed the new two-course sequence and had valuable quantitative and qualitative data
  • Advisory Committee established to provide oversight and curriculum recommendation for inclusion of population health domains in nursing curriculum and community health field placements
  • Developed and implemented two new public health courses in nursing curriculum
  • 16 nursing students completed two-course sequence that included community health field placements with Milwaukee Health Department 
  • Developed strategies to support virtual expansion of the Public Health Nursing Residency Curriculum Program to include all public health professionals working within health departments
  • Graduation of the first cohort of nursing students is planned for the Spring

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