The certificate in Spanish for the health professions program at the Rutgers–Camden nursing school, which seeks to promote health equity for underserved Latino and immigrant populations by strengthening Spanish language skills among future health care professionals, earned the award, which recognizes the outstanding work of AACN member schools to re-envision traditional models for nursing education and lead programmatic change.
The program was developed with the support of a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s International and Foreign Language Education office to Rutgers University–Camden. The grant unites many Rutgers–Camden campus programs, including the School of Nursing, the Department of World Languages and Cultures’ Spanish program, the Community Leadership Center, and the Learning Abroad program. Atlantic Cape Community College is part of this interdisciplinary coalition, which launched in 2016 and incorporates Learning Abroad programs in such nations as Bolivia, Cuba, and Guatemala.
The AACN grants innovation awards annually in four institutional categories: Small Schools; Academic Health Center (AHC); Private Schools without an AHC; and Public Schools without an AHC. The Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden will receive the 2018 award in the Public Schools without an Academic Health Centers category at the AACN Academic Nursing Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., during Oct. 27 to 30.