The Invest in Nursing grant has had great success over the past three years in the partnership between UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing and Piedmont Health Services, Inc., with three cohorts of Student Scholars from UNC Chapel Hill, and with three cohorts of Faculty Fellows from across the State of North Carolina. This program is a time-limited grant funded opportunity, provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration, and will no longer continue programming in this current iteration after the 2021-2022 cohort year. It is our hope that other educational entities will use Invest in Nursing as a blueprint for implementing similar programming. Reach Out

Marni Holder, MSN, RN, FNP-BC

Program Development Director, Piedmont Health Services, Inc.

Ms. Holder has worked for more than twenty years at Piedmont Health Services, Inc. (PHS), a large multi-site Federally-qualified community health center organization based in Chapel Hill, NC, and is passionate about community health. She came to PHS as a Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Nurse Practitioner Fellow of the National Rural Health Association in 1997, and stayed on as a Spanish-bilingual family nurse practitioner at PHS’ rural Prospect Hill Community Health Center, caring for individuals across the lifespan. In 2003, she transitioned to her current role as Program Development Director. In this capacity, she leads PHS’ proposal development with Federal, state, private and local funders, as well as grant project management and reporting processes. Additionally, she helps vet research proposal and evaluation designs of academicians interested in collaborative work at PHS, and occasionally serves as a grant consultant to other health care organizations. Prior to joining PHS, Ms. Holder held several positions in health services research. She worked on several nursing workforce policy projects at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research under Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN, and on multiple maternal child health services projects at Lewin-VHI, Inc., a Washington DC area health policy think tank.  Ms. Holder holds MSN (1996) and BSN (1995) degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Sociology from Wesleyan University (1991).