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Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Training Program


Esperanza Health Centers' Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Training Program is a 12-month program that provides intensive training to both the clinical complexity of family practice in the safety net setting, and trains to a high performance, PCMH model for primary care.

The program is specifically intended for new nurse practitioners who are committed to developing careers as primary care providers in the challenging setting of community health centers and other safety net settings.

The Postgraduate Training is a full-time, 12-month salaried position with the opportunity for a one-year employment commitment after completion of the program. The program structure includes precepted primary care sessions, specialty rotations, mentored independent clinics, didactic sessions and quality improvement project.

About the Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Training Program

NPWe’re training postgraduate nurse practitioners to Esperanza Health Centers’s model of high-performance health care: advanced access scheduling, planned care, the chronic care model, integrated behavioral health/primary care, team-based care, with expert use of health information technology and the electronic health record.

Three (3) nurse practitioner or adult/gerontology nurse practitioner fellow positions will be available for the 2021-22 cohort. Our next Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Training Program will begin on August 30, 2021.

The Postgraduate Training year begins with intensive orientation to Esperanza Health Centers,  the neighborhoods in which the training sites are located, and the health problems of the target population, and includes walking tours of neighborhoods, tours of Esperanza Health Centers sites statewide, meetings with community leaders, technical training for electronic health record, and orientation by our chief medical officer to the responsibilities and privileges of medical staff participation at Esperanza Health Centers.

The Postgraduate Training has five key components:

Precepted “Continuity Clinics”
(4 sessions/week) These are the cornerstone of the Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Training Program. In precepted clinics, the residents develop their own patient panel while having an expert Esperanza Health Centers primary care provider (MD or APRN) exclusively assigned to them.

Specialty Rotations:
(2 sessions/week for 1 month) Specialty rotations in areas of high-volume/high-burden/high-risk situations most commonly encountered in the setting of the FQHC. Rotations may include but are not limited to: orthopedics, dermatology, women’s health, pediatrics, geriatrics, newborn nursery, HIV care, adult behavioral health, child and adolescent behavioral health, healthcare for the homeless, endocrinology, and MAT.

Mentored Clinics:
(2 sessions/week) During mentored clinics, the postgraduate trainees work as a member of a team,  and see patients at the delegation of the primary care providers, who remain available for consultations. The focus is on the practice of episodic and acute care visits.

Didactic Education Sessions:
(1 session/week) Formal learning sessions on a variety of complex clinical challenges most commonly encountered in FQHCs. The content of the presentations is planned to correspond to the residents’ current clinical experiences.

Quality Improvement Training:

Training on Esperanza Health Centers's quality improvement model, including clinical microsystems and facilitation as well as leadership development. Participants will design and implement their own quality improvement project throughout the year.

Evaluations: The Esperanza Health Centers Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Training program provides an ongoing multi-input evaluation component using qualitative and quantitative measures.

Program Goals:

The Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Training in family practice and community health has the following goals:NP

  • Increase access to quality primary care for underserved and special populations by training nurse practitioners in a FQHC-based Postgraduate Training program that prepares residents for full and autonomous expert care of complex underserved populations across all life cycles and in multiple settings
  • Provide new nurse practitioners with a depth, breadth, volume and intensity of clinical training necessary to serve as primary care providers in the complex setting of the country’s FQHCs
  • Train new nurse practitioners to a model of primary care consistent with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) principles of health care and the needs of vulnerable populations
  • Improve the clinical skills, confidence, productivity, and job satisfaction of new nurse practitioners who choose to work in underserved community settings, as well as contribute to employer satisfaction and workforce retention
  • Increase the number of nurse practitioners ready to serve in leadership roles in community health settings.


Applicants must be recent graduates (no more than 24 months) from an accredited master's or DNP program, licensed (IL APRN) and credentialed (FNP-C) or license/credential-eligible as nurse practitioner or adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, fluency in Spanish required, with a stated commitment to practice as a primary care provider in a Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) or other safety net settings. If you have any questions, please contact

Our Virtual Open House

Esperanza held a successful online Open House on Friday, April 9th where interested applicants had an opportunity to hear directly from program leadership and other fellows.  Use the link below to see the Open House recording and learn more about the program!  Password is Fellowship2021!

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications for our 2021-22 Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Training Program cohort. The application deadline is April 30, 2021. To apply, please click the button to download the application form which includes all the information you need to submit your form. If you have any questions, please email


Meet our 2020-21 Fellows


From left to right: Yesenia Bailey, APRN, FNP-C; Agnieszka Glowik, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC; Cielo Velandia Kellner, FNP

Yesenia Bailey, APRN, FNP-C


Yesenia joins our cohort with many years of experience working in various hospital settings including medical surgical, cardiac-telemetry, and women's health. Prior to joining our program, Yesenia worked at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Born and raised in the Southwest Side area that Esperanza serves, she was drawn to our program because of our mission and values. Yesenia received her Bachelor's in Nursing from Marquette University and Master's in Nursing from New York University. In her spare time, Yesenia enjoys spending time with family, traveling, listening to music, and learning about different cultures. 

Agnieszka Glowik, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC


Agnieszka, Agnes for short, has been a nurse with over eight years of experience in various practice settings. She graduated from the Rush University DNP/FNP program. Agnes was drawn to our fellowship program because of our commitment to support new family nurse practitioner graduates in their transition to practice within the community health setting. Agnes is passionate about providing primary care in a Federally Qualified Health Center, such as Esperanza, to improve the health of individuals and the community. In her free time, Agnes enjoys reading, running, and traveling.

Cielo Velandia Kellner, FNP


Cielo brings a wealth of nursing experience to our fellowship program, such as working as a registered nurse throughout Chicagoland area hospitals like Northwestern Memorial Hospital, University of Chicago, and Loyola University Medical Center. Esperanza's mission, values, and patient population are what drew her to join our program. Cielo graduated from Georgetown University, and some of her passions are health promotion and disease prevention. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and trying new foods.