The following grants were awarded as part of the Public Health Nurse Academic Practice Partnership Project led by Robin Hannon, MSN, RN, the RWJF Public Health Nurse Leader, and were funded by RWJF.  The Illinois Nurses Foundation served as the fiscal agent for the grant. 

McKendree University/Lawrence County Health Department
Project Title: Building Public Health Acumen Within RN To BSN Students
Grant Collaborators: Jan Albers DNP, RN, PHNA-BC, Assistant Professor, McKendree University; Amy Marley, Administrator, Lawrence County Health Department
PI: Jan Albers

University of Illinois at Chicago/Vermilion County Health Department
Project Title: Development of a STD Toolkit for High Schools in Vermilion County
Grant Collaborators: Amanda Sperry MSN, RN, PEL-CSN, UIC; Krista Jones DNP, MSN, PHNA-BC, RN, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago; Julie Fruhling BSN, RN-BC, Community Health Educator, Vermilion County Health Department
PI: Amanda Sperry

Lewis University/Will County Health Department/MAPP Collaborative
Project Title: Implement a Poverty Simulation to Increase Interdisciplinary understanding of the Social Determinants of Health
Grant Collaborators: Nanci Reiland DNP, MSN RN PHNA-BC, Assistant Professor, Lewis University; Laura Wilmarth-Tyna, Director of Community Engaged Learning, Lewis University; Shawn West MBA, SPHR, Executive Director, Will-Grundy Medical Center, Nicole Garrett, MAPP Collaborative Coordinator, Will County Health Department
PI: Nanci Reiland

University of Illinois at Chicago/Altus Academy
Project Title: Health Education and Literacy Program (HELP)
Grant Collaborators: Robin Johnson DNP, APRN, PNP-PC, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago; Susan Walsh DNP, APRN, PNP-PC, FAAN, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program, Acute and Primary Care, University of Illinois at Chicago; John P. Heybach, PhD., Founder & President Altus Academy
PI: Robin Johnson 

Western Illinois University/Fulton County Health Department
Project Title: Increase Awareness of Public Health Services In Fulton County
Grant Collaborators: Dr. Patricia Eathington BSN, MS, DNP, RN, Associate Professor, Western Illinois University; Kati Lynn MPH, LEHP, REHS, Administrator, Fulton County Health Department
PI: Patricia Eathington 

Lewis University/Bolingbrook Christian Health Center
Project Title: Practical Titration of Insulin in Type 2 Diabetes: Efficient Insulin Titration for Clinic Providers
Grant Collaborators: Dr. Daisy Sherry, Ph.D., CNP, RN, Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Director of DNP program, Lewis University; Dr. Susan Davis ND, APRN, FNP-BC, Executive Director, Bolingbrook Christian Health Center
PI: Dr. Daisy Sherry

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IMPLEMENTING A COMMUNITY WOUND CARE PROGRAM SERVING PEOPLE WHO INJECT DRUGS –
Michael Huyck BSN, RN-CEN, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing

People who inject drugs (PWID) are at an increased risk for developing chronic wounds in addition to skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI) which includes abscesses, and cellulitis. Healthcare access within the PWID community has been traditionally limited due to factors such as poverty, stigmatization, and fear of withdrawal. Consequently, chronic and acute wounds are often left untreated, self-treated, or present to Emergency Departments. The wound care program will increase healthcare access among PWID, expand the provider skillset, increase revenue for the Community Outreach Intervention Project (COIP) clinic, and standardize the provision of care.  Evidenced-based wound care will increase COIP clinic sustainability and establish a blueprint for addressing wound related complications related to the opioid epidemic.

AN EXAMINATION OF NURSING PRACTICE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Shannon Simonovich PhD, RN – DePaul University

As an emerging topic, no known study to date has examined nurses’ experiences providing bedside care during the COVID-19 pandemic, how their institutions prepared them for working with this infectious disease, and what implications COVID-19 has had on their nursing practice and professional perspective. The purpose of this research is to describe the experiences of nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic and to conduct a thematic analysis to better understand the long-term impacts of the pandemic on the nursing profession and implications for public health. We hope what we learn will lead to an understanding of the long-term impact of the pandemic on the nursing profession and the health of our communities. It is possible that the research may help to inform guidelines and policy in the future.

DEVELOPING A NATIONAL SCHOOL NURSE CURRICULUM: PRIORITIZING KNOWLEDGE DOMAINS – Catherine Yonkaitis DNP, RN, MCSN, PHNA-BC – University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing

Specialty knowledge is required for nurses to care for the physical, mental, and social needs of school-aged children, their families, and the school community. States, like Illinois, require certification or licensure in an effort to ensure nurses practicing in schools have the requisite preparation. However, there are no standardized education guidelines to assist states in establishing basic school nurse preparation requirements. The lack of guidelines has resulted in wide variation in the content, competencies, and program outcomes of school nursing certificate programs, which in turn, creates confusion over what employers can reasonably expect in a school nurse. Ultimately, this has implications for the quality of care delivered in school settings. 

EXPANDING ACCESS TO NURSE-LED CARE FOR JUSTICE-INVOLVED PEOPLE
Charles Yingling DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP – University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing

Incarceration negatively effects the health of incarcerated people. Post-incarceration, individuals face significant health challenges due to the nexus of unmet health needs, mistrust in the health system and difficulty accessing care. The UIC College of Nursing (UIC Nursing) and Safer Foundation partner to improve the health of justice-involved people. Safer Foundation operates two Adult Transitional Centers (ATCs) that provide housing and supports for community re-integration to ex-offenders. UIC Nursing provides primary care services to ATC residents at our nurse-led health center. Concurrent with our practice initiatives, UIC Nursing faculty and students conduct health education programs for ATC residents. This program will impact nursing practice by demonstrating an effective model for autonomous RN practice and will impact nursing education by providing training opportunities for RN students seeking roles in community health.

THE LIVED EXPERIENCE OF NOVICE PART-TIME CLINICAL NURSING FACULTY
Sara McPherson PhD, RN – University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing

In the United States, there is not only a nursing shortage, but a nursing faculty shortage.  The lack of nursing faculty prevents programs from increasing enrollments, leading to nursing programs turning away qualified students.  One challenge nursing programs face is recruiting, hiring and retaining qualified nursing faculty.  To fill this void, many programs hire part-time/adjunct faculty to cover crucial clinical teaching vacancies. Faculty hired into this role are often clinical experts who come into the position without formal education on how to teach.  In many cases, these part-time/adjunct faculty do not understand the requirements, complexity and rigor involved in clinical teaching in academia. Little is known about what it is like for part-time faculty to assume the role of clinical instructor in schools and colleges of nursing.  The purpose of this study is to learn from novice clinical nursing faculty what it is like to provide clinical supervision of students during faculty’s first year or two of teaching.  IRB exemption was obtained, Protocol # 2020-1138.  A qualitative, descriptive approach will be used.  A purposive sample of 8-20 novice, part-time faculty will be recruited and interviewed.  A seasoned qualitative researcher will conduct and audio-record all interviews, which will be professionally transcribed.  Data will be reduced using naturalistic approaches; NVivo software will be used to manage the project and provide the opportunity for triangulation of the data.  NVivo also manages the data trail, to assure credibility and trustworthiness of the findings.  Codes and themes will be derived directly from the data. Understanding the lived experience of novice clinical faculty will provide information on why novice faculty choose to stay or leave in their academic role.  This information may allow administrators to better understand the needs of novice faculty, in order to enhance their retention and satisfaction.

The following grants were awarded as part of the Public Health Nurse Academic Practice Partnership Project led by Robin Hannon, MSN, RN, the RWJF Public Health Nurse Leader, and were funded by RWJF.  The Illinois Nurses Foundation served as the fiscal agent for the grant. 

Trinity Christian College/ Restoration Ministries
Project Title: What Are Perceived Health Care Needs of Chicago South Suburban Residents Related To Health And Participation In Holistic Learning
Grant Collaborators: Kathryn Stefo, MSN, RN, CLC, Trinity Christian College; Karen Vrdolyak COO, Restoration Ministries
PI: Kathryn Stefo

Millikin University/ Crossing Healthcare
Project Title: Social Marketing: Crossing the Way to Health
Grant Collaborators: Jo Carter, EdD, RN, Associate Professor, Millikin University; Julie Standerfer, MSN RN, Instructor, Millikin University; Tanya Andricks, RN, MHA, Chief Executive Officer, Crossing Healthcare
PI: Jo Carter

Loyola University of Chicago, Niehoff School of Nursing/ ACCESS Community Health
Project Title: Nurse Internship In Primary Care Nursing Serving The Underserved
Grant Collaborators: P. Ann Solari-Twadell RN, PhD, MPA, FAAN, Associate Professor, Director, Global Experiences and International Studies Loyola University Chicago, Niehoff School of Nursing; Ann T. Lundy,  RN, BSN, MBA, Chief Operating Officer, ACCESS Community Health
PI: P. Ann Solari-Twadell

Lakeview College of Nursing/ Vermilion County Health Department
Project Title: Community Collaboration for the Implementation of Vaccine Distribution
Grant Collaborators: Lanette Stuckey MSN RN CNE CMSRN, Dean of Nursing/Associate Professor, Lakeview College of Nursing; Rita Wallace MSN Ed, RN, Assistant Professor, Lakeview College of Nursing; Melissa Rome, BS, MBA CHES CERC, Emergency Planning and Response Coordinator/Community Liaison, Vermilion County Health Department
PI: Lanette Stuckey

The following grants were awarded as part of the Public Health Nurse Academic Practice Partnership Project led by Robin Hannon, MSN, RN, the RWJF Public Health Nurse Leader, and were funded by RWJF.  The Illinois Nurses Foundation served as the fiscal agent for the grant. 

St. Xavier University School of Nursing/Cook County Department of Public Health Oak Forest
Project Title: Increasing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Awareness Among Culturally Diverse Populations in Suburban Cook County
Grant Leads: Charlene Bermele, DNP, RN, CNE; Assistant Professor; Saint Xavier University; Kathy L. Dunn, MSN, RN, Clinic Coordinator, Cook County Department of Public Health
PI: Charlene Bermele

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE)/Madison County Health Department
Project Title: Wellness Promotion and Screening Across the Lifespan in Madison County
Grant Collaborators: Amanda Pruitt, Madison County Health Department; Deborah Knoll, Personal Health Division Manager; Theresa Collins, Senior Services Plus.
PI: Ann M. Popkess, RN, PhD; Associate Professor and Department Chair, Family Health and Community Health; Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Lewis University/Will Grundy Medical Clinic, Will County
Project Title: Salsacize Plus
Grant Collaborators: Linda Arnold, MS, RN; Assistant Professor, Lewis University College of Nursing and Health Professions;   Parish Nurse, Trinity Lutheran Church, Lisle, Illinois; Nanci Reiland, MSN, RN, APHN-BC; Assistant Professor, Lewis University College of Nursing and Health Professions; Consultant, Will County Community Health Center
PI: Nanci Reiland

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Nursing/UIC Mile Square Health Center Humboldt Park
Project Title: Innovative Patient-led Diabetes Support Group
PI: Kelly Vaez, DNP, FNP-BC, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Nursing

St. John Fischer School/ St. Xavier University School of Nursing
Project Title: Saving Lives Through Undesignated EPI-PEN Training
PI: Mary Ann Wolfenson, RN, DNP, IL-PEL, Assistant Professor, St. Xavier University School of Nursing;

Lewis University College of Nursing and Health Professions/ Will County Community Health Center
Project Title: Partnering To Enhance Patient Coaching And Self-Management
Grant Collaborators: Nanci Reiland DNP, MSN RN PHNA-BC, Assistant Professor, Lewis University; Mary Maragos  RN MSN APRN, CEO Will County Community Health Center
PI: Nanci Reiland

St. Xavier University School of Nursing/ St. John Fisher School
Project Title: Partnership In School-Based Health Clinic
Grant Collaborators: Michele Poradzisz PhD, RN, CNL, CNE Saint Xavier University; Jim Fornaciari, Principal, Saint John Fisher School
PI: Michele Poradzisz

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) Regional Nursing Program/ Jackson County Health Department
Project Title: Breast-Feeding Friendly Initiative
Grant Collaborators: Melodie Rowbotham PhD, RN, Associate Professor and Director of SIUE Regional Nursing Program; Karen Brown BSN, RN, CLC, Director of Nursing and Family Services, Jackson County Health Department
PI: Melodie Rowbotham

University of Illinois at Chicago, Urbana Regional Campus/ Vermillion County Health Department
Project Titles: Mental Health Initiative Provider Survey; Male Involvement and Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign; Emergency Preparedness
Grant Collaborators: Krista Jones DNP, MSN, PHNA-BC, RN, Director, Urbana Regional Campus, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago; Melissa Rome, BS, MBA CHES CERC, Emergency Planning and Response Coordinator / Community Liaison, Vermilion County Health Department
PI: Krista Jones

Western Illinois University, School of Nursing/ Fulton County Health Department
Project Titles: Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Public Health Department and Student Nurses Providing Education in A Rural County
Grant Collaborators: Dr. Patricia Eathington BSN, MS, DNP, RN Western Illinois University; Karol Herink, RN, Emergency Preparedness & Communicable Diseases Programs Manager
PI: Patricia Eathington

St. John’s College, Department of Nursing/ Department of Family and Community Medicine, SIUE, School Medicine
Project Title: Student Hot Spotting
Grant Collaborators: Dr. Gloria A. Brummer, DNP RN CNE CEN, Associate Professor St. John’s College; Dr. Tracey Smith DNP, PHCNS-BC, MS, Director of Medical Student Education, & Community Outreach Family & Community Medicine, Southern Illinois University,  School of Medicine
PI: Gloria Brummer

The following grants were awarded as part of the Public Health Nurse Academic Practice Partnership Pilot Project led by Robin Hannon, MSN, RN, the RWJF Public Health Nurse Leader.

St. Xavier University School of Nursing/Cook County Department of Public Health Oak Forest
Project Title: Increase Adherence to Infant Immunization Between 12-18 Months of Age
Grant Leads: Glenda Morris Burnett, PhD, MUPP, RN, St Savier University/Debbie Brooks RN, Cook County Department of Public Health
PI: Glenda Morris Burnett

Rush University College of Nursing/Richard T. Crane Medical Preparatory High School/Chicago Public Schools
Project Title: After School Health Ambassadors Club Sexual Education Training, Primarily Increase HPV Immunizations
Grant Leads: Monique Reed, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Rush University College of Nursing; Fareeda Shabeez
PI: Monique Reed

The following grants were awarded as part of the Public Health Nurse Academic Practice Partnership Pilot Project led by Robin Hannon, MSN, RN, the RWJF Public Health Nurse Leader.

Olivet-Nazarene University/Kankakee County Health Department
Project Title: Infant Immunization
Grant Leads: Tawni Buente, MSN, RN, / Laura Sztuba, MSN, RN, APHN-BC, Kankakee County Health Department
PI: Tawni Buente

McKendree University/St. Clair County Health Department
Project Titles: STI Prevention and Promoting Employee Wellness
Grant Leads: Robin Hannon, St. Clair County Health Department (SCCHD); Jan Albers, McKendree University (MCK)
PI: Robin Hannon

McKendree University/Jackson County Health Department
Project Title: Chronic Respiratory Disease During Emergency or Disaster
Grant Leads: Jan Albers DNP, RN, PHNA-BC McKendree University/ Karen Brown BSN, RN Director of Nursing, Jackson County Health Department
PI: Karen Brown

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