Monday, February 20, 2023 by Mary Kate Llamas (Published originally in “Inside Duke Health”)

​The Duke Advanced Practice Provider Leadership Institute (APPLI) is now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 season.

APPLI is a one-year leadership development fellowship for advanced practice providers (APPs) that offers individual and team leadership training as well as guidance and support of a team health improvement project during the course of the program year.

Teams consist of two to four members with an APP serving as the team lead. APPs include non-physician providers who have completed graduate education and training, such as APN, LCSW, OT, PA, PT and PharmD professionals. Other team members can include but are not required to be APPs. They can include other diverse healthcare-related professions, like MD, RN, MA, CNA, health administrator, health educator or community health workers. The composition of the team depends on the health improvement project that they would like to implement during the course of the program year.

The health improvement project should focus on clinical, health education, or community health improvement.

Examples of projects from the current year include:

  • Creating a day clinic for adult sickle cell patients to reduce the utilization of the Emergency Department.
  • Creating a plan to improve work culture among Duke HomeCare & Hospice team members who serve homebound individuals.
  • Implementing a resiliency curriculum within a school-based clinic with Durham Public Schools to address adolescent mental health challenges.

“We frequently hear from managers that the return on investment is incalculable,” said Anh N.Tran, PhD, MPH, Director of APPLI. “Sending a team from your department or unit demonstrates that you are invested in their professional development, it can improve work culture and employee retention and depending on the project, could improve efficiency, workflow and patient outcomes in your department or unit.”

All applications are due March 31, 2023. However, an early registration discount of $175 per team member is applied for any teams that apply by March 15, 2023.

To learn more or to apply, visit the APPLI website.


February 22, 2023

The Division of Community Health in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health is excited to announce the Dr. Rebecca Rogers Memorial Scholarship. A reward of $2,000 will be given to an Advanced Practice Provider team lead in the Duke Advanced Practice Provider Leadership Institute (APPLI) for the 2023-24 program year.

Rogers, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, passed away unexpectedly in July 2022 from inflammatory breast cancer. This rare and aggressive form accounts for 1%-5% of all breast cancer diagnoses each year, according to the American Cancer Society. Rogers is an alumna of the inaugural cohort of the predecessor program to Duke APPLI, which launched in 2013.

The scholarship was created by a group of alumni in Dr. Rogers’ cohort to honor her legacy and support the mission of the program to cultivate impactful and diverse leaders in health care. Fellows in the program are taught to serve as agents of change to promote health equity and provide resources and advocate for underserved communities. Rogers said it was an honor to serve in areas of need and help guide and teach future nurse leaders.

The recipient of the scholarship must have served as an Advanced Practice Provider for at least two years and have an APPLI team project focused on addressing a social drive of health to improve health equity. Candidates from underrepresented, underserved or marginalized communities including, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, men in nursing, etc., are strongly encouraged to apply. APPLI team applications must be submitted online and will be considered on a rolling basis. Selection will be based on the information shared in the APP team lead application.

Rogers was the director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the time of her passing. She is regarded as an accomplished academician, clinician, and leader in nursing. She leaves behind three children and four grandchildren.

To learn more about the scholarship, click Duke APPLi Scholarships.

To donate to the scholarship fund, click here.

To learn more about Inflammatory Breast Cancer, click here.




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2022-2023 Duke Advanced Practice Provider Leadership Institute (APPLI) Program Fellows Selected

Image from our Welcome Webinar in May

With generous funding support from Duke Health Chancellor’s Office, the Duke Advanced Practice Provider Leadership Institute (APPLI) Program is proud to announce the selection of our new cohort of fellows for the 2022-23 program year. The cohort includes 15 Advanced Practice Provider-led teams, which comprise a total of 36 program fellows from diverse healthcare professions. A key objective of the program is to provide leadership development opportunities for healthcare teams that will enable them to provide more effective and efficient healthcare services to vulnerable populations and to lead innovative health improvement initiatives for their organizations and communities. This year’s selected program fellows are named by team in this announcement, with names of APP team leaders in bold type. Congratulations to each of them, and we wish them an extraordinary learning experience!

Carolyn Bogan – Chestnut Hill, MA
Rebecca White 

Patrick Cacchio – Rougemont, NC
Geraldine Kanne

Jessica Cerulli – Warwick, NY
Margaret Canjura
Ashley Linington

Christina Cone – Durham, NC
Therese Hennig
Kara Threatt

Christine Dorman – Melville, NY
Kaci Costello
Beatrice Forlizzi

Shieghetha Edwards – Durham, NC
Joy Curry

Paul Evangelista – Raleigh, NC
Nathan Pearl

Mistee Formica – Gastonia, NC
Stacey Bhalla

Valerie Keck – Wake Forest, NC
Gayathri Devi

Jamie Mancuso – Morrisville, NC
Savannah Henderson

Melissa Nelson – Easton, MA
Anna Patrusheva

Keisha O’Garo – Durham, NC
Karen McCain

Blanca Iris Padilla – Durham, NC
Michele Kuszajewski

Krysta Ramirez Henry – Warrensburg, MO
Nellie Modaress
Christy Evers

Sara Schedler –  Elm Grove, WI
Katie Eisele
Erika Klitzke
Jennifer Schuster

Leadership opportunity available to APPs and their teams


By: Morag MacLachlan, March 2, 2022 (Published originally in “Inside Duke Health”)

Jackie White, NP, a nurse practitioner with Duke breast surgery, received one of the pair’s well-bring interventions – a healthy snack with a note of gratitude.

Bernadette Labriola had always been focused on her coworkers’ well-being. The breast surgical oncology nurse practitioner completed the Duke Center for Healthcare Quality and Safety’s well-being ambassador program. She also joined the Duke Cancer Institute’s (DCI) well-being committee. And when she learned about a year-long leadership training for advanced practice provider-led teams, she embraced the opportunity to develop meaningful well-being interventions.

“It was such an enriching experience,” said Labriola, RN, MSN, FNP-C. “It gave me the chance to step outside of clinical care and receive the mentoring and team leadership training I needed to become a better clinician and coworker.”

The Duke Advanced Practice Provider Leadership Institute (APPLI) is accepting applications for its 2022-2023 cohort through Friday, April 1, 2022. This year-long program utilizes a flexible delivery approach, suitable for full-time professionals, which combines monthly distance-based learning activities, small-group project mentoring with experienced healthcare leadership, individual and group executive coaching sessions and weekend leadership development web-conferences. Teams will also develop and conduct a health improvement project that applies leadership and quality improvement techniques acquired throughout the program. Projects tend to have a clinical, educational or advocacy focus.

“APPs have the potential to be transformational change agents in health care,” said Anh Tran, PhD, MPH, director of the Duke APPLI. “We hope our program’s team training model empowers APPs and their teams to become the best versions of themselves.”

Up to 25 interprofessional healthcare teams will be selected to participate. Teams must be led by an APP and can include one or two additional team members. The additional team members do not have to be healthcare providers and can be community partner colleagues. The team’s composition should be based around the needs of the quality improvement or population health project. Operational costs for this robust professional development opportunity are supported, in part, by sponsorship from the Duke Health Chancellor’s Office.

Labriola applied to the program with Meg Helsley, MSN, APRN, AOCNS, an oncology clinical nurse specialist at Duke who is also passionate about supporting her colleagues’ well-being. They analyzed data from a DCI APP practice and work culture survey and focused on the responses from a smaller group of breast oncology multispecialty practice APPs. They paid particular attention to how APPs rated workday stress levels, burnout experiences and overall job satisfaction. The pair then developed interventions and evaluated their effectiveness. They discovered that interventions embedded in the workday, like surprising an APP with their favorite coffee, were more impactful than asking APPs to gather outside of work, like for a group yoga class.

“This team project gave me the opportunity to get to know my colleagues better,” said Labriola. “I couldn’t have done it without the support of the DCI leadership.”  The year-long distance learning program will begin in June 2022 and end in May 2023. For more information, visit