Dr. Nicole Seagriff, family nurse practitioner and medical director of the Norwalk and Stamford primary care practices at Community Health Center, Inc., has assumed the newly-created role of Clinical Program Director in CHC and its Weitzman Institute’s Postgraduate Nurse Practitioner Residency Program.
CHC developed the model of postgraduate nurse practitioner residency training and launched the country’s first formal program in 2007 for family nurse practitioners. The model has since expanded across the country. The residency structure developed by CHC is designed to provide new NPs with additional depth and intensity of training essential to performing in clinically complex settings such as community health centers, the health care safety net for the nation’s most vulnerable populations.
Dr. Seagriff received her BSN from Boston College, her MSN from Yale University, and her clinical doctorate (DNP) from Duke University. She was a member of the 2012-2013 cohort of CHC’s NP residency program, following which she assumed her role as primary care provider and then medical director of the CHC of Stamford and Norwalk practices.
In her new role, she will provide expert clinical leadership in the areas of NP Residency program development, curriculum, training and evaluation both at CHC and to CHC’s partners in states across the country, serve as a faculty preceptor, and provide technical assistance to other program clinical directors. Dr. Seagriff is also well known nationally for her advocacy work as President of The Pink Agenda®, a not-for-profit organization committed to raising money for breast cancer research as well as awareness of the disease among young professionals.
“I’m excited to be taking on this new leadership role in creating exceptional postgraduate training opportunities for nurse practitioners, particularly those committed to practicing as primary care providers in community health centers,” said Dr. Seagriff. “As someone who sought and found an outstanding training opportunity at the Community Health Center, I know how important not only the rigor and quality of clinical training is, but also the way we can train the next generation to a high performance model of care. I look forward to helping the program expand and provide a cutting-edge clinical experience to the next generation of nurse practitioners.”
According to Dr. Margaret Flinter, SVP and Clinical Director of CHC, “Nicole is an expert clinician and proven leader. As the national nurse practitioner postgraduate training movement continues to grow, along with the need for expert primary care providers, she is the right individual to help take it to the next level.”