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Applications for Next Golisano Fellowship in Developmental Disability Nursing Are Now Open

October 17, 2022

The Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing at St. John Fisher University is now accepting applications for its 2023-2024 Fellowship in Developmental Disability Nursing program.

A nurse performs a check-up on a child.

Designed for nursing leaders and scholars from the health care, education, and policy sectors, the 12-month fellowship brings together experts and mentors with a wealth of experience to promote the health equity of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The fellowship culminates in a final project, giving participants an opportunity to pursue an overlooked or under-researched topic related to health care disparities facing individuals with IDD and to grow the body of research and practice knowledge to meet the needs of this underserved population.

The inaugural 2021-2022 Golisano fellows and mentors came from across the United States, Canada, and Ireland. They included nurse leaders, doctoral candidates, researchers, educators, policymakers, and more. During the fellowship year, they engaged with health experts from Yale Medicine, the Mayo Clinic, University College London, the University of Toronto, the Arc of the United States, and other individuals and institutions focused on improving health equity for individuals with IDD.

The inaugural cohort of nursing leaders continues to work collaboratively within their health systems and organizations to advance inclusive practices, foster innovation, promote health, and support self-determination to enhance wellness and close the disparities gap among individuals with IDD.

“This has been a transformative experience for our fellows, our mentors, the Institute, and the nursing profession,” shared Dr. Dianne Cooney Miner, executive director of the Golisano Institute. “We have been so impressed by the quality of the work our fellows have produced during the inaugural fellowship year. We are excited to welcome a new group of fellows in 2023 and continue our mission of creating an international, interdisciplinary body of nurses committed to transforming health care for individuals with IDD.”

Individuals with IDD face alarming health disparities, including a lack of preventative care, preventable illness, and a higher mortality rate than their peers without disabilities. The Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing is working to create an international cadre of nurses with the skills, experience, and competencies to care for individuals with IDD.

Applications will be accepted until December 30, 2022, and candidates will be selected by February 15, 2023. The fellowship, which will be held in an online format, will run from June 2023 to June 2024. To be a part of the future of IDD nursing, apply for the fellowship today.

The Golisano Fellowship in Developmental Disability Nursing is made possible by Mr. B. Thomas Golisano and the Golisano Foundation. Thanks to Mr. Golisano’s passion and commitment to the IDD community, he and the Golisano Foundation have ensured that there are no tuition or fees associated with the fellowship.  

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