Premera RNHI

ARNP Rural Health Fellowship: A Solution for Washington State

Throughout Washington state, healthcare agencies in rural communities are challenged to recruit and retain competent, confident, and compassionate primary care providers to serve their patient populations with complex care needs. By partnering with the UW School of Nursing Premera RNHI program, we can collaborate and develop an organizational solution for your rural primary care setting while simultaneously creating a pipeline of primary care providers to meet the needs of rural communities across the state of Washington.

The mission of the Premera Rural Nursing Health Initiative (RNHI) ARNP fellowship program is to cultivate autonomous, confident, and competent nurse practitioners through collaborative and structured clinical education, providing continuity for compassionate, evidence-based health care that improves access and  health outcomes in rural populations.


Benefits of having an ARNP Fellowship

Recruitment and Retention
  • ARNPs trained in rural healthcare organizations are more likely to pursue a career in a rural community.
Culture of Excellence
  • Improve overall staff/faculty clinical engagement
  • Promote evidence based practice.
Professional Growth & Development
  • Renews passion and retention of current staff
  • Preceptor training opportunities
Cost Savings
  • Improves Recruitment and Retention
  • Fellows are billing providers
  • Program expertise and guidance
  • Future federal and state grant opportunities

Let’s Synergize

  • Improve & enhance rural healthcare
  • Educate & build the next generation of PCP’s
  • Create workforce strategies
Our goal is to collaborate with 4-5 agencies in rural counties across the state. Connect with us to learn more about developing an ARNP fellowship program for your organization.

We look forward to a potential partnership. Connect with us

Funded by: Premera

Two rural primary care organizations – Harbor Regional Health in Aberdeen and Valley View Health Center in Chehalis – are working with the UW Premera RNHI grant team to develop and deliver a unique fellowship experience of programmatic expertise, academic excellence, and a robust professional network intended to enhance their fellows’ professional competency and confidence in the rural clinical setting. Each organization is in the process of hiring 2 fellows with the inaugural cohort of four UW Premera RNHI fellows beginning their training in September 2021. Heather Novak, a DNP prepared Family Nurse Practitioner and Medical Education Program Director for VVHC, is very pleased with the “highly qualified applicants” they’ve interviewed for their rural fellowship. “The UW Premera grant team has been extremely supportive and helpful… the experience and expertise they have brought to the process has been invaluable. We are still in the process of developing our curriculum, didactics, and specialty rotations. Although there is a lot of work to be done, I am confident we will be able to start the program this fall. Without the support of the UW Premera grant team, this would not have been possible.”