Johnson and Johnson School Health Leadership


The Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Program is a fellowship program designed to facilitate the empowerment and further development of school nurses as leaders within their community's educational and health services teams to improve student health practices.

This year, we are pleased to announce 48 nurse fellows represented by 13 schools were selected and completed the Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership 5-day residential Institute and are now the first cohort representing the redesign for this program. The institute provides an opportunity for teams of school nurses from a community to develop their leadership and advocacy skills. Topics covered include: school leadership, program planning and evaluation, coalition building/networking, strategic planning, project management (including budgeting and calendar building), effective communication, facilitation, culture competence, and fundraising (finding resources). Additionally, the nurses were exposed to advanced topic content, received intensive technology training, and were trained in selecting and utilizing evidence-based intervention programs.

The teams will create Enduring Change Plans that include collaborating with other professionals in the community, as well as implementing evidence-based programs. In order to support the implementation of Enduring Change Plans, mini-grants will be awarded to each nurse fellow.

Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, this professional development opportunity for nurses and their colleagues utilizes a competitive application process. Once accepted, individuals commit to completing online learning modules and attending the leadership institute. The Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Program is designed and implemented by Rutgers, Center of Alcohol Studies with an educational partnership with National Association of School Nurses. For more information visit: