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Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing at St. John Fisher College Launches Fellowship to Advance Inclusion in Nursing

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The Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing at St. John Fisher College will launch a new fellowship program to develop nursing thought leaders who support and promote the health and wellbeing of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Applications are now being accepted for the Golisano Fellowship in Intellectual and Developmental Disability Nursing, with the first cohort slated to begin in summer 2021.

“The goal of this fellowship is to create nursing leaders in education, practice, and service who will advance inclusive practices, foster innovation, promote health, and support self-determination of patients with IDD,” said Dr. Dianne Cooney Miner, founding director of the Golisano Institute.

Over the course of the 12-month program, Golisano Fellows will engage in interprofessional collaboration and gain content knowledge in education, practice, policy, advocacy, and leadership and will complete an action-learning project focused on improving and promoting the health and well-being of individuals with IDD.

The Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, is integrated into Fisher’s Wegmans School of Nursing. The Institute, established in 2018, through the generosity of Mr. B. Thomas Golisano and the Golisano Foundation, was designed to transform the health care and support of individuals with developmental disabilities (ID/DD). It is the first institute of its kind in the country and is making a local, national, and international impact in promoting positive change in ID/DD nursing education, clinical practice, scholarship, leadership, advocacy, and policy.

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