Fellowship in Health Policy and Media

The Fellowship in Health Policy and Media has two aims: 1. To increase the health policy knowledge, skills and scholarship of Fellows and 2. To increase the visibility of nurses in the media by improving the skills of healthcare professionals, researchers, and journalists in disseminating their expertise. 

The Fellowship is a year-long (beginning July 1), non-residential, unpaid 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. The application cycle is currently closed and will reopen spring 2025.

2023-2024 Fellows

We are excited to welcome and congratulate our current cohort of fellows!

  • Nikki E. Akparewa
  • Blandine Augustin
  • Lilian Bravo
  • Anna Dermenchyan
  • Taneika Duhaney
  • Carrie Langley
  • Milisa Manojlovich
  • Sterling Wilmer

Fellowship Presentations

Fellowship 2023 Final Presentations

Date: June 6th, 12PM-1:30PM ET

Presenters: 2022-2023 Health Policy and Media Fellows

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Fellowship 2022 Final Presentations

Date: June 24th, 11AM - 2PM ET

Presenter: 2021-2022 Health Policy and Media Fellows

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Past Fellows and Accomplishments

Lisa Beasley, DNP, APRN, FNP-C (2021-2023)

Mentor: Melissa Batchelor

Project topic overview:

  • Create a podcast
  • That’s Healthful Podcast
    • Target audience – providers & general public
    • 80 + fully produced episodes, tracking with metrics for success
    • Promotion with social media, utilize graphic design
    • Soliciting funding
    • Had other fellows / mentors as guest speakers
    • Expert content guests from all over the country
    • Use of social media for promotion:
Hildegart Gonzalez, PhD (2021-2023)

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

Named a finalist, by the Consejo General de Colegios Oficiales de Enfermeria de Espana, for "person outside the profession who has contributed most to the field of nursing"

Kasey Jordan, RN, PhD (2021-2023)

Mentor: Joyce Pulcini

Project topic overview:

  • School nurse innovation leadership during the COVID-19 response and how school nurse leadership uses media
Danielle Altares Sarik, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC (2021-2023)​

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
Kristen Choi, PhD, MS, RN​ (2021-2022)

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​ (2021-2022)

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
Naila Russell, DNP, CRNP​ (2020-2022)

Mentor: Sherrie Wallington

Project topic overview:

  • The responses of nursing organizations to address/acknowledge structural racism and racial justice (following the death of George Floyd)


Ashley Waddell PhD, RN (2019-2021)

Mentor: Joyce Pulcini

Project topic overview:

  • Conduct a research project examining content shared by national nursing organizations on social media in the months/weeks preceding the 2018- midterm elections and/or the 2020 US Presidential election. 
  • Titled "Nursing Organizations' Health Policy Content on Facebook and Twitter Preceding the 2020 US Presidential Election"


Eileen Fry-Bowers PhD, JD, RN, CPNP, FAAN (2019-2020)

Mentor: Ric Ricciardi

Project Overview:

  • Conduct a research project examining the relationships between the political beliefs, religiosity, and ethical values of nurses and their civic and media engagement using surveys and interview


Carole Myers PhD, RN, FAAN (2018-2020)

Mentor: Diana Mason

Project Overview:

  • Submit and publish national Op-eds and policy briefs
  • Collaborate on planning of the Strategic Use of Media by Nursing Organizations Summit


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 application cycle is now closed. The cycle for 2025-2026 fellows will open in spring 2025.

Applications are invited from individuals with a record of accomplishment in education, practice, research, leadership, and policy and a demonstrated interest in health policy and/or media. Each Fellow develops and implements a project focusing on a specific policy and/or media area relevant to nursing / healthcare. Suggested areas of scholarship 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 may be encouraged travel to Washington, D.C. at least once during the year to meet with Center faculty and staff. Other work is conducted through distance technology. Fellows work with their faculty mentor to identify deliverables and 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 participation in Center sponsored webinars and conferences
  • 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 healthcare professionals (e.g., nurses, social workers, pharmacists, dentists, psychologists, physicians, public health professionals), journalists, media professionals, policy analysts and researchers. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and commitment to health, healthcare, and influencing health policy and media at the international, federal, state or local levels.

Suggested Areas of Scholarship
  • Alzheimer's disease / dementia: epidemiology, disparities, prevention
  • Behavioral and mental health
  • Care delivery innovation: role of nursing
  • Gerontology
  • Health equity for racial, ethnic, sexual/gender minorities
  • Inter-professional education
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Maternal / child health
  • Media and policy: media competencies, strategic communication, elevating the voice of nurses
  • Patient and family engagement
  • Primary care
  • Regulatory issues
  • Scope of practice
  • Simulation
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Vaccine policy
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 two pages, outlining:

  • Professional background/policy-related and/or media experience
  • Interest in the Fellowship
  • Scholarship topic of interest (preferably related to one of the suggested topics above)
  • An proposal for a project to be completed during the Fellowship

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    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

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