Community Nurse Advocacy Fellowship


The Community Nurse Advocacy Fellowship, or CNAF, is a 9-month fellowship with an aim to improve pediatric health within the community. Nurses will spend 12 paid hours per month providing holistic and culturally effective care to patients and their families through community-based agencies such as Homeless Health Initiative and Healthy Weight Program. At the end of the program, nurses will have the opportunity to present their projects and outcomes to their peers at CHOP Nursing Grand Rounds.


The curriculum includes:

  • Advocacy and community outreach
  • Early Head Start services
  • Injury prevention
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Primary and Reproductive health
  • School health
  • Chronic illness
  • Violence prevention


  • Two years’ experience as a nurse at CHOP
  • BSN
  • 0.5 status or greater
  • Leadership approval

How to Apply

For application consideration, please contact:

Sally Poliwoda, CNAF Coordinator

Other requirements

To carry out its mission, it is of critical importance for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to keep our patients, families and workforce safe and healthy and to support the health of our global community. In keeping with this, CHOP has mandated all workforce members (including trainees) on site at any CHOP location for any portion of their time be vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

This mandate also applies to workforce members or trainees performing work for CHOP at non-CHOP locations. Additionally, all workforce members based in or regularly scheduled to work at any New Jersey location are mandated to be both vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19, with booster timing consistent with applicable guidelines. The CHOP COVID-19 vaccine mandate is in alignment with applicable local, state and federal mandates. CHOP also requires all workforce members and trainees who work in patient care buildings or who provide patient care to receive an annual influenza vaccine. Employees may request exemption consideration for CHOP vaccine requirements for valid religious and medical reasons. Please note start dates may be delayed until candidates are fully immunized or valid exemption requests are reviewed. In addition, candidates other than those in positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, must attest to not using tobacco products.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected category. CHOP is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor seeking priority referrals for protected veterans.

CHOP is committed to building an inclusive culture where employees feel a sense of belonging, connection, and community within their workplace. We are a team dedicated to fostering an environment that allows for all to be their authentic selves. We are focused on attracting, cultivating, and retaining diverse talent who can help us deliver on our mission to be a world leader in the advancement of healthcare for children.

We strongly encourage all candidates of diverse backgrounds and lived experiences to apply.

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