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AACN Launches New Campaign to Address Vaccine Hesitancy and Health Misinformation with Funding from the CDC

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 1, 2022 – The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has been awarded $1 million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to launch a new initiative titled Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Among Nurses and in Communities. Although COVID-19 vaccines have been widely available for more than a year, only 64% of the US population is fully vaccinated. As part of this project, AACN will award funding to 10 schools of nursing nationwide to launch targeted campaigns to build confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines and dispel health misinformation.

“Throughout the pandemic, nurses have played a leading role in confronting this public health crisis and keeping communities safe,” said Dr. Deborah Trautman, AACN President and Chief Executive Officer. “Through our new cooperative agreement with the CDC, AACN will provide guidance and support to amplify the efforts underway at nursing schools to overcome vaccine hesitancy, strengthen community partnerships, and share the latest evidence to help individuals make the smart choice when it comes to protecting their health.”  
This initiative was developed to help nursing school faculty and students have effective conversations about COVID-19 vaccinations in order to boost consumer confidence. Participating schools of nursing will undertake a variety of education and outreach activities to reach individuals and populations at risk. These activities include engaging with faculty and staff on how best to share credible COVID-19 vaccine information and respond to misinformation (including on social media); developing learning resources and nursing curricula to improve vaccine confidence; and connecting with health departments and community organizations to reach target populations.
Following a call for letters of intent issued last fall, AACN has identified 10 schools to participate in this important work:

  • Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (GA)

  • Fayetteville State University School of Nursing (NC)

  • Florida State University College of Nursing (FL)

  • Loma Linda University School of Nursing (CA)

  • McKendree University Division of Nursing (IL)

  • Tennessee Tech University Whitson-Hester School of Nursing (TN)

  • The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing (AL)

  • University of Houston College of Nursing (TX)

  • University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing (MO)

  • University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (PA)


To support the work underway at the local level, AACN will provide technical assistance, including strategic guidance and communication support in the form of training, message development, social media outreach, and video production in collaboration with our partners at AACN-TV. This work includes gathering vaccine confidence “success stories” and disseminating these broadly to all nursing schools and healthcare institutions. AACN will create a central online clearinghouse to highlight the work of participating schools, post videos from the funded sites, and share learnings and best practices with the higher education and healthcare communities. 


For more information on this project, please contact AACN’s Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Joan Stanley at


The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for academic nursing representing 850 schools of nursing nationwide. AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.





AACN-TV to Launch at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing


WASHINGTON, D.C., March 18, 2016 – The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is pleased to announce the launch of AACN-TV, an online portal for showcasing innovations in academic nursing. Accessible beginning March 19, this platform was created through a partnership between AACN and New Media News TV to highlight schools of nursing, promote pathways into the profession, and explore future directions in nursing education.


AACN-TV was launched to give nursing schools an opportunity to showcase the exciting work underway at their institutions to educate the next generation of professional nurses,” said AACN President and CEO Deborah Trautman. “Through this new partnership, schools will gain access to high quality video services at a discounted rate, which will facilitate their ability to show the "human side" of their programs to a national audience, including prospective students, alumni, legislators, foundations, and other stakeholders.”


Videos produced through this partnership may be used to help recruit new students and faculty, highlight nurse-led research efforts, profile faculty members and/or students, spotlight community-based health services, showcase curricular innovations, illustrate pathways into nursing, and in many other ways. Schools producing video segments will own the content and may use the promotional material for their own marketing and communications purposes. AACN is committed to sharing the resulting videos with a national audience via media outreach, at upcoming conferences, through the association’s nursing school directory, and on AACN’s meetings app. 


The following schools are among the first to have videos produced for AACN-TV, which will either debut at AACN’s Spring Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on March 19-22 or be filmed shortly after the meeting:


  • Auburn University at Montgomery

  • Baylor University

  • East Tennessee State University

  • Florida Atlantic University

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

  • Old Dominion University

  • Purdue University Northwest

  • Purdue University

  • Robert Morris University

  • Rush University

  • St. John Fisher College

  • Simmons College

  • Temple University

  • Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

  • University of Illinois at Chicago

  • University of Iowa

  • University of Minnesota

  • University of Rochester

  • University of South Carolina Upstate

  • University of South Dakota

  • University of Texas at Austin

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • West Coast University


Early reviews from schools working with the staff at AACN-TV have been very positive, including high praise for both the video production process and the finished videos. To view some example AACN-TV films and to read full testimonials, please see below.


Nursing schools interested in finding out more about AACN-TV, including production requirements, timeline, and costs are encouraged to contact site producer Danny Cohen with New Media News TV at For additional information, contact AACN’s Chief Communications Officer Robert Rosseter at




The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for university and four-year-college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 780 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice. Web




Robert Rosseter
202-463-6930, ext. 231




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