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Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Announce 2021 FAANP Grant Recipients

FAANP Mentorship Program Luncheon 2018

AUSTIN, TEXAS — The Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 FAANP Grant program. Congratulations to the 2021 FAANP Grant recipients, Co-principal Investigators Susan M. Kendig, JD, WHNP-BC, FAANP, and Jacki S. Witt, JD, MSN, WHNP-BC, FAANP, for their project: Congruence of Diagnosis and Management of High-Risk Conditions in Pregnancy by Women's Health Nurse Practitioners or Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists.

Dr. Susan Kendig is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Missouri — St. Louis, College of Nursing. She is responsible for the women's health, pharmacology, health policy and nurse practitioner (NP) role development curriculum. She also maintains a clinical practice. Throughout her career, Dr. Kendig has blended practice and policy to improve women's access to health care and NP services. She has held appointments to statewide committees related to health care and NP issues. Her awards for community service include the March of Dimes National Volunteer Leadership Award and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) 2003 Award for Excellence in Community Service. A frequently invited lecturer and author, she presents nationally and has authored numerous chapters and articles on women's health, advanced practice nursing and policy. Additionally, Dr. Kendig has served on the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (NPWH) Board of Directors as policy chair.

Dr. Jacki Witt is an associate clinical professor at the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, where she is the project director for the grant-funded National Clinical Training Center for Family Planning and the director of Continuing Nursing Education. She has been an NP for 26 years, working in urban, safety net and rural health care settings. She has authored publications and delivered presentations on innovative approaches to clinical practice and nursing education. She is a member of the Board of Directors for NPWH and the National Certification Corporation.

Established in 2017, the $3,000 FAANP Grant is awarded annually to one or more Fellows, who are in good standing, for the completion of a project within 12 months. This project must highlight the work of NPs and further the contributions of the FAANP. The project focus is to fall within one of the four categories of the 2015 AANP Research Agenda, published in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP). Applicants must explain how the project fits within the needs identified in the research agenda framework. Projects could include primary and secondary analysis of research data, policy analysis, implementation of clinical innovations or practice models to improve health outcomes and the development and testing of educational interventions or point-of-care technologies.

The 2020 FAANP Grant awardee, Karen Kalmakis, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC, FAANP, created a PRAC Talk to discuss her background and the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic made on NP research. View the video, as well as other PRAC Talks, to learn more about how the Fellows contribute to nursing thought leadership and advancement.

Those Fellows interested in applying for a 2022 FAANP Grant should watch for the program to open next spring.


The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of the more than 3250,000 licensed NPs in the U.S. AANP provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers. As The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner®, AANP represents the interests of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered health care. For more information about AANP and AANP Fellows program, visit