ANHE Environmental Health Nurse Fellowship: Mentors


Mentor Information and Application

The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments’ (ANHE) Environmental Health Nurse Fellowship is designed to increase the capacity of nurses to address environmental and health equity issues in collaboration with communities, agencies, and public health and nursing organizations. The Fellowship will have a particular emphasis on climate change and health equity, but will include content on a variety of environmental health topics such as chemical exposures; food, air, and water quality; energy and health; and environmental justice. Environmental justice, the notion that no community should be disproportionately impacted by environmental exposures is a core value of ANHE in all of our work.

This new Fellowship program is being offered to increase nurses’ capacity to assess and address environmental health issues, with a focus on community-level impact and solutions to advance health equity for those disproportionately impacted by environmental hazards. The Fellowship is a year-long program including environmental health education to gain a more thorough understanding of how environmental risks impact human health, as well as advocacy and community organizing, engagement, and empowerment basics. Fellows will be assigned a mentor and both the fellows and mentors will be funded to attend two national Fellowship meetings.

Program Requirements

ANHE is seeking nurse mentors with significant experience in environmental health and community partnerships to pair with fellows. For the program a total of 10 mentors, from each of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regions will be chosen. Each mentor will be assigned 3 fellows for whom they will be responsible. Fellows are required to develop a project that addresses an identified community need in partnership with a community-based organization.  The Fellows are also required to hold three environmental health educational sessions for health professional colleagues.

The primary expectation of the mentor is to provide one-on-one consultation to the individual fellows and/or group of fellows regarding the fellows’ community-based efforts. In exchange for their mentorship, mentors will receive a modest remuneration ($2,000), access to all of the Fellowship webinars (for which they will receive up to 36 contact hours of continuing education), and travel and accommodations for two national Fellowship meetings.

Expectations for the Mentors:

  • Commit to year-long participation (June 1st, 2019- May 31st, 2020)
  • Attend monthly webinars (2 hour/month)
  • Frequent communication with Fellows (a minimum 1 hour/month is required)
  • Communicate with project staff once a month (1 hour/month)
  • Review the fellow’s plan of action and quarterly progress reports (1 – 2 hours/month)
  • Monitor fellow’s progress and adherence to outlined program requirements, in conjunction with program staff.
  • Confer with fellows as requested/needed
  • Attend two 2-day, in-person national Fellowship meeting 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.

Eligibility Criteria

Mentor applicants to the program must:

  • Have at least six years of nursing experience
  • Provide evidence of environmental health expertise and engagement
  • Have experience working with communities to address health needs
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

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 if applicable)
  • Resume/CV
  • Name, affiliation, and contact information for two references
  • Cover letter (max 2 pages) that further outlines your:
    • Interest in the fellowship program including any past experience as a mentor
    • Relevant work, volunteer, or educational experience relating to environmental health
    • Experience working with communities or community-based organizations on environmental or public health issues, highlighting any pertinent experience relating to health equity and environmental justice

Information must be emailed to Cara Cook at cara@envirn.org in word or pdf format by 23:59 ET on March 31st, 2019. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by April 16th, 2019.  Fellowship start date is June 1st, 2019.

For questions regarding the fellowship please email cara@envirn.org.

The Environmental Health Nurse Fellowship program is made possible through generous support from the Kresge Foundation. As an organization, the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments values diversity, equity, and inclusion and encourages nurses from all backgrounds and experiences to apply.