GRAND ISLAND N.Y. — Castner Incorporated with consortia partners Emory University, Washington State University, and University of Alabama in Huntsville have received a $1 Million National Institute of Health’s National Institute Environmental Health Sciences grant to provide environmental health research training. EHRINCS stands for Environmental Health Research Institute For Nurse and Clinician Scientists. The grant covers a 5-year program. The program is open to 144 educators, scientists, and faculty who will help shape the next generation environmental health nurse scientists.
Every year, a new cohort will be enrolled in the EHRINCS program. The program includes self-paced, online courses, an intensive workshop lasting one week, and mentorship support. Over the years, the location of the intensive workshop will change between online-only: Atlanta, Georgia, Niagara Falls, New York, and Spokane (Washington). Enrollment applicationsThe first cohort is being accepted until January 31, 2022. The program is looking for clinician scientist participants with at least 6 graduate credits in graduate research. They will train, mentor, and teach registered nurses in research trajectories.
“We are really excited to offer participants the opportunity to interact with cutting edge scientific leaders and laboratories through the EHRI-NCS. We’re providing the information in a way that participants have a ready-made and user-friendly instructor toolkit to start teaching this material in their own institutions right away.” relays Jeannie RodriguezAssistant Director of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Program at Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
“We have extensive ongoing collaboration and mentorship networks for our participants to join. We are committed to supporting their long-term success well after the workshop with invitations to full integration with a community of environmental health scientists” says Luz Huntington-Moskos, Director of the Community Engagement Core Center for Integrative Environmental Health Sciences Community Engagement Core at the University of Louisville.
“The EHRI-NCS grew out of successful projects and collaborations in the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environment’s Research Workgroup. One of the biggest strengths of this work has been our ability to bring innovations and scientific information to nursing leaders around the country in the full range of rural, urban, suburban, and other settings in ways that are deeply relevant to their policy, research, education, and practice” says Katie Huffling, Executive Director of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments.
“The EHRI-NCS is completely participant-centered by using a flipped classroom approach.” explains Jessica Castner, President of Castner Incorporated. “This means everyone has online access to the course basics to finish at their own pace. Then, the program focuses entirely on supporting the participant’s goal–whether that’s designing a new center, a new course, a new academic program, a new research project, a new policy, or adding a new environmental health variable to their work. Picture it as if each participant is given the keys to open whatever door they want, and the program is designed to offer a great deal of depth and expertise to support the whatever new learning choices the participant decides to invest their time and energy into.”
“The biggest requirement is curiosity.”
Castner Incorporated, a New York State woman owned business enterprise and research center, is located in Brooklyn. Castner Incorporated’s mission is to create healthy environments by generating new information and data-driven strategies for where people live and work.
The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy EnvironmentsThe Alliance is the only national nursing organization that focuses exclusively on the intersection between health and environment. The Alliance promotes healthy people and healthy environments through education and leadership of the nursing profession, research and evidence-based practice, as well as influencing policy.