Environmental Health Research Institute Launched with $1 Million NIH Grant – WSU Insider

A consortium of Washington State University College of Nursing, Emory University, University of Alabama Huntsville, and Castner Incorporated has received a $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to provide research training in environmental health.

The 5-year grant from the NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences covers a train-the-trainer program called EHRI-NCS, which stands for Environmental Health Research Institute for Nurse and Clinician Scientists. The program is for 144 professors, scientists and educators who will shape the next generation of environmental health nurse scientists.

The EHRI-NCS program will recruit a new cohort each year. The program includes self-paced online classes, an intensive week-long workshop, and mentorship support. The location of the Intensive Workshop will rotate over the years among only online; Atlanta, Georgia; Niagara Falls, New York; and Spokane, Washington.

Applications for the first cohort are accepted until January 31. The program recruits clinician-scientist participants who have completed at least 6 university graduate research credits and who educate, train and mentor registered nurses in research trajectories.

“EHRI-NCS is completely participant-centered using a flipped classroom approach,” said Jessica Castner, president of Castner Incorporated, a woman-owned business and research institute in Grand Island, New York. “This means that everyone has online access to the basics of the course to complete at their own pace. Then the program focuses entirely on supporting the participant’s goal – whether designing a new center, course, academic program, research project or policy, or adding a variable environmental health at work.

Castner added: “Imagine it as each participant being given the keys to open the door of their choice, and the program is designed to offer plenty of depth and expertise to support any new learning choices the participant decides. to invest their time and energy. in. The biggest requirement is curiosity.

According to Katie Huffling, Executive Director of the Nurses Alliance for Healthy Environments, “The EHRI-NCS grew out of successful projects and collaborations within the Nurses Alliance for Healthy Environments Research Working Group. One of the greatest strengths of this work has been our ability to bring innovation and scientific information to nursing leaders across the country in the full range of rural, urban, suburban and other settings in a way deeply relevant to their policy, research, education and practice.

Julie Postma, associate dean for research at the WSU College of Nursing, was part of the consortium’s development and will lead WSU’s participation.

Jeannie Rodriguez, associate director of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Program at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, said, “We are so excited to provide participants with the opportunity to interact with leaders scientists and state-of-the-art laboratories through EHRI-NCS. We provide the information in such a way that participants have a ready-to-use, user-friendly instructor toolkit to begin teaching this material at their own institutions.

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