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Appalachian American Alliance of Nurse Practitioners

Appalachian American Alliance of Nurse Practitioners

The Clemson University School of Nursing and the Center for Research on Health Disparities are building a professional network for Appalachian nurse practitioners. The Appalachian American Alliance of Nurse Practitioners (AAANP) will provide resources for clinical practice, continuing professional education, professional advocacy, and networking for nurse practitioners in the Appalachian region.

More information about our fall conference below!

  • Where is Appalachia?

    Appalachia is all of West Virginia and parts of 12 states along the Appalachian Mountains (Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia). Check out this map of Appalachia from the Appalachian Regional Commission. If you live in one of these colored areas, this survey and alliance is for you!

    Map of Appalachia

  • Survey

    Who should take this survey? Any nurse practitioner who lives in Appalachia or is planning to relocate anywhere in that area. We’re also interested in hearing from our NPs working in rural areas outside Appalachia as well!

    Take The Survey

  • Updates

    Thank you for signing up to be on our listserv, attending our educations series or participating in our networking events. As we gear up for another year of education and networking, we want to make sure we are catering to your needs. We ask that you take this short survey to help us better understand how best to provide valuable opportunities for you.

    Previous Clinical Conversations webinars can be accessed through Canvas. For help logging into Canvas, please email

    Webinars from the Inaugural Appalachian American Alliance of Nurse Practitioners Virtual Education Series, “Challenges, Strategies, and Innovative Practice for Today’s Interculturally Sensitive Nurse Practitioner," can still be accessed through Canvas. For help logging into Canvas, please email

    We look forward to working alongside you as, together, we address health disparities in Appalachia. Sign up for more information using our interest form below.

  • Interest Form

    To learn more about the alliance, sign up to be on our email list:

Appalachian American Alliance of Nurse Practitioners Hybrid Fall Conference

We are excited to announce our Fall Education Conference, "Innovations and Connections in
Healthcare for Nurse Practitioners."

Join us Oct. 27 for this free event. Register now.

This education series focuses on practice issues of rural/Appalachian nurse practitioners and includes Pharmacology, NP health policy and legislative updates, clinical and spiritual impolications of advance care planning, NP-led mobile health units, RSV prevention and treatment, and psychoative substances.

Synchronous Sessions and in-person sessions will be recorded and available for 60 days. Participants will earn 8.5 CEUs, which are approved by Upstate AHEC.

This education series is a joint providership between Upstate AHEC and the Appalachian American Alliance of Nurse Practitioners sponsored by Clemson University’s School of Nursing.

  • Schedule

    Oct. 28

    • NP Health Policy and Legislative Update | 12 - 1 p.m. | Stephanie Burgess, PhD, APRN, BC, FAANP, FAAN | 1 CEU


    • Panel: Clinical & Spiritual Implications of Advance Care Planning | 1:05 - 2:05 p.m. Facilitator: Tracy Fasolino, PhD, FNP-BC, ACHPN | Panelists: Chaplain Adrian Duckett, M Div, BCC., Bon Secours St. Francis; Jennifer Huggins, APRN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, Palliative Care Oncology; Cindy Steeves, APRN, Palmetto Pulmonary, Bon Secours St. Francis | 1 CEU
    • The Role of a Nurse-run Mobile Unit in a Comprehensive School-based Mental Health Program | 2:10 - 3:10 p.m. | Gaye M. Douglas, DNP, MEd, APRN-BC | 1 CEU
    • Hot Topics: What's New in RSV Prevention and Treatment: Adult and Child | 3:15 - 4:00 p.m. | Heide Temples, PhD, APRN, PPCNP-BC, IBCLC, PNP Coordinator | .75 CEU | .5 Pharmacology CEU
    • What's New with Novel Psychoactive Substances and Why it Matters | 4:05 - 5:35 p.m. | Mary Ellen Wright, PhD, cPNP-PC, APRN |1.5 CEU | 1.5 Pharmacology CEU
  • Continuing Education

    Continuing Education Credit: Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credential Center's Commission on Accreditation. Upon successful completion of this program, attendees will receive 5.25 nursing continuing professional development hours. Attendees will also receive 2 pharmacology hours.

    Successful completion of the module requires attendance for at least 90 percent of the module and/or live session and a completed online evaluation by the participant. A certificate of completion will not be made available for you if the evaluation is not completed.

  • Disclosure Statements

    ANCC Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires faculty to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of their presentations/materials. The speakers have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in education activity. Provisions of this educational activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial prod­ucts displayed in conjunction with this activity.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Upstate AHEC is committed to equality of educa­tional opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students or employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or veteran’s status. If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability in order to participate fully in a continuing education activity, call 864-349-1160 no later than one week before the date of the activity.

  • Questions

    Please email with any questions you may have.

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