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American Nurses Foundation and the United Health Foundation Award Andrea Brooks the Jeannine Rivet National Leadership Fellowship

Shannon McClendon, 301-628-5391

SILVER SPRING, MD – Andrea M. Brooks, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of a fellowship made possible by the Jeannine Rivet National Leadership Fund The annual $10,000 fellowship has been established by the American Nurses Foundation through a gift from the United Health Foundation to support emerging nurse leaders to integrate their health expertise into new civic and professional opportunities.

The fellowship honors retired executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group Jeannine Rivet, RN, MPH, FAAN, for her trailblazing contributions to health care and business, and aims to inspire more nurses to follow in Rivet’s footsteps.

Dr. Brooks will use the grant for diverse educational opportunities to align and sharpen her nursing expertise with business acumen and leadership – locally, nationally and globally.

“There’s a natural intersection between business and the nursing profession. As nurses, we are efficient and focused on driving positive outcomes for our patients and managing costs. This is invaluable at the bedside, in business, and in the board room,” said Rivet. “Dr. Brooks exemplifies the limitless potential and scope of nurses’ skill sets and knowledge.”

An accomplished and rising nurse leader, Dr. Brooks leads inter-professional teams and strategic initiatives to improve operational performance and patient outcomes as the Director of Clinical Effectiveness for the University of Maryland Medical Center. She’s demonstrated an ability to manage multimillion-dollar budgets to achieve organizational metrics. Additionally, Dr. Brooks serves as the President-Elect of the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners and contributes as an exam item writer for the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

“Nurses are not only highly skilled clinicians, but also strategic, results-driven leaders in organizations all over the world,” said Tracy Malone, president of the United Health Foundation. “We’re proud to support this important work with the American Nurses Foundation, honoring Jeannine’s contributions to the nursing profession.”

The Jeannine Rivet National Leadership Fund will provide an annual $10,000 fellowship for 10 years.

“Jeannine’s legacy as a pioneer in the space of nursing and health care is inspiring. It’s exciting to witness Dr. Brooks embody her legacy and carry the torch as a nurse leader,” said Kate Judge, Executive Director of the American Nurses Foundation. “The Foundation is honored to work with the United Health Foundation to support Dr. Brooks and applauds their commitment to fostering nursing health knowledge and leadership development.”

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About the United Health Foundation
Through collaboration with community partners, grants and outreach efforts, the United Health Foundation works to improve our health system, build a diverse and dynamic health workforce and enhance the well-being of local communities. The United Health Foundation was established by UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) in 1999 as a not-for-profit, private foundation dedicated to improving health and health care. To date, the United Health Foundation has committed $430 million to programs and communities around the world. We invite you to learn more at

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