Fellowship in Health Policy and Media

The Fellowship in Health Policy and Media aims to increase the visibility of nurses in the media by improving the skills of nurses, healthcare professionals, researchers, and journalists in disseminating their knowledge and stories. The Fellowship is a year-long, non-residential program. Each Fellow is paired with a GW Nursing faculty mentor with similar areas of scholarship and, in collaboration with their mentor, Fellows design their own projects. Fellowship projects include a wide range of topics and many either utilize or assess the use of media and the impact on nursing and healthcare at large.

2022-2023 Fellows

  • Lisa Beasley
  • Kristin Ferguson
  • Hildegart Gonzalez
  • Kasey Jordan
  • Danielle Altares Sarik

2021-2022 Fellows and Accomplishments

Lisa Beasley, NDP, APRN, NP-C, RN

Mentor: Melissa Batchelor

Project topic overview:

  • Create a podcast
  • That’s Healthful Podcast
    • Target audience – providers & general public
    • 60+ fully produced episodes, tracking with metrics for success
    • Promotion with social media, utilize graphic design
    • Soliciting funding
    • Had other fellows / mentors as guest speakers
    • Use of social media for promotion:
      • Facebook: www.facebook.com/thatshealthful
      • Twitter: @nowhealthful
      • Instagram: @thatshealthful
Kristen Choi, PhD, MS, RN​

Mentor: Tony Roberson

Project topic overview:

  • Lessons on leveraging media for mental health policy advocacy
  • Policy to increase access to mental health care / telehealth expansion
Brittany DiNatale RN, BSN​

Mentor: Karen Drenkard

Project topic overview:

  • Workplace violence against nurses
  • American Nurse publication, “Workplace violence: What Can Nurses Do?”
  • ANA End Nurse Abuse Campaign – nurse stakeholder on steering committee
  • That’s Healthful podcast guest
  • Creation of “What Can I Do” resource providing actionable steps for nurses to combat workplace violence
Hildegart Gonzalez, PhD

Mentor: Ric Ricciardi

Project topic overviews and outcomes:

  1. The journalistic narrative and the nursing narrative around nursing in the media and on social networks
  2. The nursing sector in media and Social Media: knowledge, uses, expectations, attitudes, risks and opportunities. Nurses’ mass media and social media communications competencies development
  3. Political and decision-making competence in nurses
    • Interprofessional team received Nursing Management Research award in Spain given by national association of nursing managers
    • Systematic review to identify what scientific evidence exists on the training nurses receive for participation and political decision making
Kasey Jordan, RN, PhD

Mentor: Joyce Pulcini

Project topic overview:

  • School nurse innovation leadership during the COVID-19 response and how school nurse leadership uses media
Naila Russell, DNP, CRNP​
Danielle Altares Sarik, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC​

Mentor: Ashley Darcy-Mahoney

Project topic overview:

  • Using media to emphasize the role of innovative nurse-led interventions in addressing barriers to care in pediatrics

Fellowship sponsored webinar series

Perspectives on Policy: Writing Op-Eds, Blogs, and Commentaries

Date: March 24, 2022 - 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Presenter: Diana Mason, GW Nursing

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Disseminating The Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Report: Strategies and Challenges

Date: January 26, 2022 - 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Presenter: Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, GW Nursing

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Using Social Media to Influence Policy

Date: Wed, October 20, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Presenter: Melissa Batchelor, GW Nursing

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Fellowship Application Information


The next application cycle will be in spring 2023.

Applications are invited from individuals with a record of accomplishment in education, practice, leadership, or policy and a demonstrated interest in health policy. Each Fellow develops and implements a project focusing on a specific policy area relevant to nursing. Suggested areas of focus are proposed below.

This unpaid, non-residential Fellowship is one year in length (July 1 - June 30) but may be extended for up to one additional year. Conditions permitting, fellows travel to Washington, D.C. at least once during the year to meet with Center faculty and staff. Other work and contact is conducted through distance technology.

Fellows work with their faculty mentor to identify specific deliverables and will participate in Center activities.

Fellows are provided with:

  • Mentorship with a Center faculty member
  • Opportunities to network 
  • Opportunity to expand knowledge of a specified area of health policy with the support of GW faculty expertise
  • Development of expertise in integrating policy and media
  • Continuing education opportunities, including Summer Policy Institute participation (when available)
  • Ability to audit Advisory Board meetings 
  • Access to library resources
  • Courtesy appointment as a Senior Research Service Professor
Who Can Apply

The Fellowship is open to health care professionals (e.g., nurses, social workers, pharmacists, dentists, psychologists, physicians, public health professionals), senior-level journalists, policy analysts and researchers. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and commitment to health and understanding health policy at the federal, state or local levels.

Suggested Areas of Scholarship


Application Requirements

To be considered for this Fellowship, please complete the online application below. Be prepared to submit the following:

A current Curriculum Vitae and a Statement of Purpose of no more than three pages, outlining:

  • Professional background
  • Policy-related experience
  • Area of interest (preferably related to one of the suggested topics above)
  • An initial proposal for a project to be completed during the Fellowship

The application cycle will open in spring 2023

About The Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement

The Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at The George Washington University School of Nursing is committed to…

  • Increasing the visibility of nurses across health care disciplines to educate the public about their expertise, perspectives and work.
  • Educating nurses, allied health professionals, and students in health policy and media.
  • Using research and scholarship to inform policy discussions and solutions.
  • Designing curricula, experiences and mentorships that support nurses and allied health professionals as leaders in advancing the health of populations and policies that improve delivery systems for high-quality care.
  • Increasing knowledge and skills of nurses and allied health professionals in using the media to disseminate research and informed perspectives that will shape health policy.
  • Engaging the public in discussions of health policy with nurses, allied health professionals and journalists.

Mission and Goals

Questions? Email [email protected]