Director's Message

Anh N. Tran, PhD, MPHWhen Johnson & Johnson and Duke University faculty envisioned this Program, they agreed that the time had come to seriously focus on providing nurses with the needed leadership skills required for the growing demands of providing quality comprehensive care within a changing health care landscape. While nurses have made significant accomplishments in holding leadership roles within the hospital and large health system settings, similar opportunities are lacking for those who practice in community-based clinical settings, which serve vulnerable communities.  A shortage of physicians serving vulnerable populations, their uneven distribution around the country, and the growing cost of health care have increased demand even more for advanced practice nurses and other health professionals to collaborate and provide comprehensive care services, especially for vulnerable communities.

When looking at the future, we realized that the evolving needs of the health care delivery system necessitate new types of clinician leaders who are committed to and comprehend the complex nature of patients, families and communities and know how to provide exceptional health care for their constituents. Health care leadership in today’s landscape is an interprofessional team sport, and it takes thoughtful, coordinated and collaborative care among diverse health care professionals to provide the care our patients and communities deserve.  Thus, this Program is a unique initiative to develop the leadership and management skills of advanced practice nurses and their invaluable health care team partners so that they can be prepared to lead nurse-led practices and advocate for other effective new practice models, especially for vulnerable populations. This Program has been created by the partnership and expertise from Duke University's various professional schools and from our collaboration with industry leaders in order to provide a meaningful and transformative learning experience for our program participants.

We are enthusiastic to bring to you this exceptional and timely training opportunity. Those of us who were involved in developing it encourage you to consider applying. We hope that participation in this Program will not only contribute to your health care team’s own professional growth and development but will also contribute to innovative new models of health care to enhance the well-being of your communities.

Anh N. Tran, PhD, MPH
Duke School of Medicine