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APTR-CDC Cooperative Agreement

Since 1984, APTR has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve and increase collaborations between academic preventive medicine and public health. 

APTR is a recipient of the CDC Cooperative Agreement Academic Partnerships to Improve Health (APIH). Partnerships and interprofessional collaboration are essential to improving health outcomes and health equity. APIH focuses on improving the health of individuals and communities through alliances among academic associations, universities, and CDC. APIH drives improvement of health outcomes by:

  • Working within the educational systems for public health, medical, and nursing students to enhance teaching of population health concepts
  • Aligning academic approaches (curricula, teaching materials, or methods) and field experiences with ground-level public health priorities and practice needs
  • Fostering inter-professional collaboration and learning in health professional education
  • Strengthening academia's linkages to public health practice


Current Projects


Case Studies in Communication, Leadership, & Problem-solving for Population Health

Purpose: To develop training content with a major interprofessional emphasis that builds the skills of the current and future workforce to work on transdisciplinary issues. 

to to develop three high-quality sets of case study materials in communications, leadership, and problem solving as they relate to population health. The case studies will build skills in multi-disciplinary collaboration and integration, effective communication, leadership, and problem-solving in the emerging population health context. These skills and knowledge are critical for effective public health and population health practice today.

This project will be managed by the Population Health Workforce Branch (PHWB), Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development (DSEPD), Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (CSELS), CDC, in collaboration with APTR and will be released in July 2019.

Grantee: Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education - $120,000 


Health In All Education

Purpose: To examined the relationships between non-health related higher education and public health and possible integration of population health principles into these higher education practices.

APTR convened representatives from law, economics, social work, environmental engineering, informatics, liberal arts, and global education for a Health in All Education meeting held at CDC Headquarters in Atlanta, GA on June 15, 2018. CDC Centers, Institutes and Offices were able to explore the range of current and possible partnerships between and opportunities to promote interdisciplinary learning to prepare for collaborative, interprofessional practice.

This initiative was supported by the CDC Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS), Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development (DSEPD), Population Health Workforce Branch, Academic Partnerships to Improve Health Program. 


Navigating a Foodborne Outbreak: Preparation for Interprofessional Practice

Purpose: To demonstrate the importance of interprofessional practice among health professionals to improve and protect population health in the context of a foodborne outbreak.

This module was developed collaboratively by the four national associations that comprise the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Academic Partnerships to Improve Health (APIH) initiative with expertise, guidance, and funding provided by CDC. The self-paced, interactive learning module is divided into three chapters--one set in an outpatient clinic, one at a local public health department, and one at a multidisciplinary meeting after the outbreak has resolved. The scenario is based on a multi-state foodborne outbreak that occurred in 2015-16.

Funding for this module was made possible by CDC Centers for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services.

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Immunization Resources for Undergraduate Nursing Education

Purpose: The climate around immunizations, advancements in teaching methods for health professions education, and the practice of nursing call for enhanced immunization resources for training and education of nurses.

APTR and CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) formed the Committee on Integration of Immunization into Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum comprised of experts with diverse nursing perspectives, members include undergraduate nursing educators, national nursing practice and education association members, and nursing students. Together, they work to offer recommendations on how to increase immunization content in undergraduate nursing curricula and ensure a future nursing workforce that supports the Healthy People 2020 initiative’s immunization objectives.   

2015 Meeting Report and Recommendations

2016 Meeting Report and Recommendations

2018 Meeting Report and Recommendations (coming soon)


Immunization Resources for Undergraduate Nursing (IRUN) Framework

Purpose: To provide guidance for faculty on integrating immunization content into a curriculum, with a focus on entry-level learning for the undergraduate nursing student; ensure access to, and consistency of, current information for faculty and students; and prioritize information and content to be included in curricula. 

The IRUN framework was developed through a collaboration with APTR, CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) and the Committee on Integration of Immunization into Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum. The IRUN framework consists of 12 topic areas with corresponding learning objectives and suggested resources. The topics range from vaccination principles to immunization practices, as well as other issues relevant to immunization. The framework objectives are meant to be comprehensive. Faculty members can present the subject matter in any order they find suitable. The framework does not provide instructions for teaching immunization in an academic setting. It serves solely as a guide to foundational topics. To be released in Spring 2019.


Immunization Case Studies

Purpose: To address identified gaps within existing case studies developed by CDC around immunization training.

The CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) provided funding to academic institutions to develop educational case studies in five topic areas around immunization identified by the advisory committee:

  1. Legal/Ethical
  2. Vaccine Administration
  3. Communication
  4. Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (VPD)
  5. Immunization Strategies 

Each case study includes a quiz, or other form of student assessment, and a facilitator guide for instructors and will accompany the CDC-developed case studies and other resources on the APTR Immunization Resources for Undergraduate Nursing website. A media announcement will be released to disseminate and market the full collection of case studies.

Grantees: The University of Missouri and California State University, Bakersfield


MARTi: Medical Assistants Resources and Training on Immunization

Purpose: To enhance knowledge of immunization and effective, safe delivery of vaccines.

MARTi is a website designed to provide those who educate and supervise medical assistants with creditable and up-to-date information regarding vaccine storage, handling and administration., includes a directory of reviewed and credible immunization training education programs and resources developed for the education and reading level of medical assistants.  

This resource was developed in collaboration with the CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). 


Journal Supplement Program

Purpose: To enhance dissemination of translational research and practice to a broad prevention and population health audience

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) is the official journal of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research. It publishes articles in the areas of prevention research, teaching, practice and policy. Through the APTR-CDC Cooperative Agreement, APTR collaborates with CDC on the publication and distribution of journal articles and supplements through AJPM. Supplement issues are stand-alone issues printed in addition to AJPM’s regular issue. Theme issues are published as part of AJPM’s regular issue.

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Past Projects

Prevention Education Evaluation Subgrants

Funding provided to institutions to more rigorously evaluate the effectiveness and impact of innovative prevention education programs and assess learner outcomes in order to understand, promote, and replicate successful practices. 

Interprofessional Prevention Education Evaluation Subgrants

Evaluated the progress, effectiveness, and impact of pioneering interprofessional prevention education programs in order to promote and replicate successful practices.

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Health Literacy and Plain Language Webinar

The webinar is presented by a nationally recognized health professions educator and recipient of the 2016 Health Literacy Teaching Award from APTR.

Responsible Conduct of Research Webinar

This webinar provides an introduction to the laws, policies, and procedures for the ethical conduct and reporting of research. It is presented by an active researcher and leading national expert on the public health workforce.

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You Call The Shots: Web-based Training Course

This web-based course is an interactive, self-study program consisting of a series of modules covering all aspects of immunization. The modules provide basic vaccine content, links to resource materials, a comprehensive glossary, and self-tests to assess learning.

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TIME: Teaching Immunization for Medical Education

The TIME curriculum is designed for use in medical schools to support immunization instruction. The materials provide student objectives, learning objectives, key teaching points, and resources that can be integrated into existing medical curricula.  

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