Public Health Nursing
Section Newsletter
Fall 2011

PHN Chair’s Message

Greetings PHN Section Members and Happy Fall to All!


Preparations are well unde rway for a fruitful Annual Meeting. This year’s theme is, “Healthy Communities Promote Healthy Minds and Bodies” is especially timely as we continue highlighting the importance of integrating a multi-faceted community approach to health promotion and illness prevention.


The theme flows well with many of our PHN Section priorities and with the National Prevention Strategy. The National Prevention Council, created in June of 2010 and made up of the leadership of 17 federal agencies with input from the public and interested stakeholders, is charged with providing coordination and leadership at the federal level with respect to prevention, wellness and health promotion practices. The National Prevention Strategy presents a vision, goals, recommendations and action items that public, private, nonprofit organizations and individuals can take to reduce preventable death, disease and disability in the United States. Clearly, public health nursing is central to creating healthy communities that are a priority for our future.  Susan Swider, PhD, APHN-BC, is an appointed member of the National Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health  Susan is also a PHN Section Member, ACHNE president and member of the Quad Council of Public Health Nursing Organizations, (led by Immediate Past-Chair Linda Olson Keller.


I would like to extend my gratitude to the many dedicated members of our Section who are working to ensure a successful and productive Annual Meeting.  Our Program Planning Co-Chairs Gale Spencer and Juanita Graham have worked tirelessly with the APHA Program Planning staff, as well as with our PHN Section Committees, especially Research, Global Health and Diversity, to ensure excellent scientific sessions. In addition, our Awards Committee, led by Liz Reifsnider, and Student Mentorship Committee, led by Anne Belcher and Debra Anderson, have been busy reviewing nominations. The Governing Council, led by Cindy Stone, along with the Legislative and Resolutions Committee, led by Marylyn McEwen and Nonie Mendias, have been busy reviewing and tracking policies which will be presented to the group at our first business meeting. Local Arrangement Chairs Rita Munley Gallagher and Rita Lourie are finalizing arrangements and coordinating a visit to the Clara Barton House with a gathering afterwards. Please see the newsletter for more information on the Clara Barton House visit.


Congratulations to our newly elected PHN Section Leadership, and thank you to our Nominations Committee, led by Betty Daniels!


Chair-Elect (2011-2012):

   Susan J. Zahner, DrPH, MPH, BS, RN



   Mary Z.(Kelly) Dunn, PhD, RN, PHCNS, BC


Section Councilors (2011-2013):

   Linda Olson Keller, DNP, APHN-BC, RN, FAAN

   Sonda Oppewal, PhD, MSN, BSN


Governing Councilors (2011-2013):

   Teresa Garrett, MS, RN

   L. Louise Ivanov, PhD, MSN, BS

   Beverly Vonshea Lewis. MPA, RN, BSN


In addition, I am proud to report that the following PHN Section members were appointed to APHA committees and boards:

Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Sonda Oppewal, PhD, RN; Education Board: Jo Anne Bennett, PhD, RN;  Science Board:

Barbara L. Judkins, EdD, RN; Publications Board:

Molly McLaughlin, MS, BSN, RN-C: Committee on Bylaws:

Margaret Ostafin, MPH, RN; Nations Health Advisory Board


Please plan on joining us at our PHN Section business meetings in Washington, D.C., at the Convention Center.  We will meet on Sunday, Oct. 30, 8-11:30 a.m., and Monday through Wednesday at 6:30-8:00 a.m.  As an added bonus there will be coffee to get you going and a continental breakfast!  Join us for lively conversation, great company and wonderful networking opportunities. Watch for blast emails prior to the Annual Meeting with more details.


I feel fortunate to have been able to represent you as the PHN Section chair this year and look forward to a smooth transition of the helm to David Reyes, chair-elect.  David has taken the lead on updating our PHN Section Strategic Plan, and has worked closely with me throughout the year to meet our goal of a seamless leadership transition. 


Please take a few moments to read through the newsletter.  It has been carefully compiled and edited by editors Lisa Campbell and Anne Heenan, who have taken the reigns from David Reyes as he moves into the chair position. We are lucky to have their talents, along with those of Communications Chair Donna Westawski and Website Editor Margaret Ostafin.


Looking forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.!


My Best,

Susan V. Coleman

PHN Section Chair

APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition


Our section will have a strong presence at the meeting. View the sessions sponsored by our section by visiting the interactive Online Program ( ). Search the program using keyword, author name or date. Don’t forget to stop by our new Section and SPIG Pavilion (Booth 3073) in the Public Health Expo next to Everything APHA. For more information about the Annual Meeting visit

QUAD Council Learning Institute

Implications of the Future of Nursing IOM Report and the Affordable Care Act for Public Health Nursing (QUAD Council of Public Health Nursing Organizations)


Learning Institute #2020   

October 30 from 3-4:30 p.m. - Fee $25 and includes 1.5 CEUs and reception.


The 2011 Nursing QUAD Council Learning Institute is now followed by a Networking Reception offering attendees the opportunity to continue their educational discussion over beverages and snacks. You must have a ticket to attend the LI and/or Reception.

Call for Volunteers

We will have a PHN booth in the exhibit hall and need volunteers to greet visitors.  A script will be provided with bullet points about our Section, and we hope to have teams work the booth. If you can help please contact Rita Lourie at . Thank you!

PHN Section Visit to Clara Barton’s Office ~ November 1, 2011

Clara Barton's life of service has been a role model for generations of nurses, teachers, social workers, doctors and allied health professionals. A new generation of executives and public servants value the leadership and strong work ethic she exhibited with profound dedication to her cause. She cared little for personal comforts, instead choosing to comfort others. In her time, Barton was called a philanthropist. Although that term today often connotes someone who has money and gives some of it to help others, in the 19th century it had a more direct meaning: one who for love of his fellow men exerts himself for their well-being. Her work during the Civil War is a striking example of true philanthropy: how one individual can make a difference in the lives of others.

In 1865 Barton hired a staff and opened the "Office of Correspondence with the Friends of the Missing Men of the United States Army". At the end of the war, Barton took up the cause of grieving parents, family and friends whose sons, brothers and/or neighbors were missing. She responded to over 63,000 letters, most of which required some kind of research that eventually lead to published lists of the names of the missing so that anyone with knowledge of their whereabouts or death could contact her. Between 1865 and 1868, Barton's office handled more than 63,000 letters, providing information to the families of more than 21,000 men. In November 1997, the U.S. General Services Administration discovered signs, clothing and papers in an attic on Seventh Street in Northwest Washington, D.C. The artifacts were identified as the belongings of Clara Barton from her occupancy of the building during the Civil War. Because of the discovery, the building was preserved and GSA retains an easement for planned museum use.

The information regarding Ms. Barton’s office was adapted from and which were accessed on August 28, 2011.

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., a limited number of PHN Section members will have the opportunity to take part in a guided tour of the Missing Soldiers Office where Barton provided supplies to soldiers on the battlefields of and immediately following the Civil War. The site is within walking distance of the Washington Convention Center and is accessible by Green Line Metro as well as Metrobus. Following the guided tour, a no-host social hour will be held at a restaurant near the Missing Soldier’s Office. Space for the tour is limited, and registration is required. Please contact PHN Section Local Arrangements Committee Co-Chair Rita Gallagher at to reserve your place.  PDF flier can be printed and shared. 

Free Student Assembly Workshop

An exciting Student Assembly is planned for Oct. 29, 2011, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., offering resume workshops, panel discussions and other professional development activities as well as speed mentoring. Students do not need to register for the APHA conference it is a free National Student Meeting.   


Deadline to register for the Student Assembly is Sept. 30 at or e-mail



APHA’s 2011 Midyear Meeting: Implementing Health Reform

On June 23-26, APHA held its first midyear meeting entitled, “Implementing Health Reform: A Public Health Approach” sponsoring a member from each APHA section to attend.  The focus, as indicated by the meeting’s theme, was on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the implications for public health.  As chair-elect, I was privileged to attend on the PHN Section’s behalf. This is a synopsis of the meeting and sessions I attended as well as my perspectives on the impacts and opportunities for public health nursing.


The opening session of the midyear meeting featured two individuals who spoke about strategies to engage both the community and public health professions in delivering the message of prevention as a critical element of health care reform through the Affordable Care Act, Celinda Lake (Lake Research Partners), and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, JD.  Ms. Lake's central message was that the public is supportive of prevention but confused about the difference between community and individual prevention, and are tax sensitive despite being supportive of investing resources.  She suggested that the public needs easy choices to be healthy, and stressed simple messaging to convey the importance of prevention. Governor Granholm spoke from the political perspective and, similar to Ms. Lake, stating that generally the U.S. public supports prevention but fears adopting social programs that might mean more government.  Consequently, this fear has increased the public’s tolerance of illogical arguments against prevention funding despite the fact that sound data and logic point in the direction of increasing support for public funded prevention programs.  Governor Granholm described public health professionals as having a “Duty to Be Heard” and to “Band Together for the Common Good for the Good of the Community.”  She concluded calling us to be “Public Health Radicals” and the “Founders” in the world that act upon what we see and experience in order to “do good” in society rather than succumb to being “Finders” that stumble across the world.


The featured closing speaker of the midyear meeting was Assistant USPHS Surgeon General James Galloway, giving a synopsis of the tangible outcomes of the ACA that includes increasing access to preventive care services, strengthening the community health center infrastructure, insurance coverage reforms, bans on discrimination based on pre-existing conditions. Galloway spoke of the opportunities for public health in the expansion of National Public Health Service Corp, increasing the capacity of the public health workforce, and focused efforts on prevention through Community Transformation grants, increased preventive care services, and the Public Health Data Initiative.


Of the sessions I attended over those three days, there were several that were of note, relational to each other, and led me to conclude were of significance for public health nursing.  These sessions focused on national quality for population health, quality improvement and public health accreditation, and workforce development. There is wide momentum nationally in public health to improve the quality of public health services and overall organizational performance. Efforts by the National Quality Forum, National Quality Strategy, and the Public Health Accreditation Board outline national strategies and standards that frame and conceptualize accountability for and measurement of population health outcomes.  So what role does public health nursing play in these efforts?  Public health nurses have the ability to make significant contributions to meeting national quality goals to improve population health by first becoming knowledgeable about these strategies, performance measures and accreditation standards.  As public health nurses, this will require us to examine our current practice, assess the evidence for that practice, and appropriately make changes.  Using quality improvement principles and techniques can assist and guide us as we incorporate the evidence into our practice.  These efforts will contribute not only to our effectiveness as public health professionals but ultimately to improving the quality and safety of public health services to the public.


In conclusion, the Affordable Care Act presents public health with possibilities for improving population health outcomes. Likewise, it affords public health nursing the opportunity to take leadership in assuring public health interventions are of high quality, provided safely and respectfully, contributes to eliminating health disparities and improves health outcomes in all communities.


If you are interested in viewing highlights of the 2011 APHA midyear meeting, you can watch them  by going to:



David Reyes, MN, MPH, RN



Win a Free Annual Meeting Registration

Win a free Annual Meeting registration!
Forward the contact information for new companies or organizations that you would like to see included as exhibitors at the Annual Meeting to Priya Bose, Meetings and Exhibits Coordinator, at
. Anyone submitting a qualified lead for potential new exhibitors will be entered into a drawing for a free full registration. Get to know our exhibitors before the meeting on our Virtual Expo ( http:// )!

Remembering Dr. Barbara Starfield

Remembering Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH

Monday, 4:30-6 p.m., Grand Hyatt, Independence Ballroom H 


            Today, Dr. Barbara Starfield is best known for the stunning re-emergence of primary care that has produced demonstration programs in nearly every state in the country. But for many years, pediatrician Dr. Barbara Starfield was one of the few people doing ground-breaking research on children’s health services and tackling the question of how to reduce inequalities in child health. Dr. Starfield and her work will be remembered at the annual Health Services Research update session held late Monday afternoon (4:30) at the Grand Hyatt. This event will present a unique opportunity to hear from people who collaborated closely with her and know her work well. 

Dr. Starfield served on the Institute of Medicine Committee that published Children’s Health, the Nation’s Wealth in 2004.  Pediatrician Christopher Forrest will speak of the seminal work she did to conceptualize children’s health and health outcomes which had a formative influence on how we think about care for all children.  Her work stimulated a broader, person-oriented view of the child that led to the IOM Report.    

Martin Sepulveda, MD, from IBM will describe the impact her later work had on private sector employers in generating support for a health system that rests on a strong primary care foundation.  She compared countries of the world for their health outcomes including patient satisfaction and their primary care attributes.  Countries with better primary care systems had better outcomes and better satisfaction at lower costs. Dynamic leaders have taken that message and are instigating change. 

Dr. Leihu Shi worked with Dr. Starfield for many years at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she chaired the Department of Health Policy and Management. He will talk about his collaborations with her over the years. Many who share interest in child health services and/or primary care health services recognize Barbara Starfield as a groundbreaking founder in those fields. She passed away this summer in the eighth decade of her extraordinary life at the age of 79. Come to the session to learn more about her and her work.    




APHA’s Public Health Buyer’s Guide

APHA’s Public Health Buyer’s Guide links users to industry products 
   is designed specifically for public health professionals, allowing easy search of vendors from a link on the APHA website’s home page, . Within the Public Health Buyer's Guide, public health professionals will be able to easily locate products and services unique to our industry without the clutter of general Internet search engine results.

Data Show That Increased Spending By Local Public Health Agencies Pays Off


A new study, which appeared in Health Affairs August 2011 issue, found that increased public health investment can produce measureable health improvements. The study examined changes in spending patterns and mortality rates within the service areas of nearly 3,000 local public health agencies between 1993 and 2005.


To measure spending, the authors, Glen P. Mays and Sharla A. Smith, used information from the National Association of County and City Health Officials and other sources. They looked at county-level infant mortality rates and age-adjusted mortality rates for heart disease, cancer, diabetes and influenza, all measures expected to be sensitive to public health interventions. They found that between 1993 and 2005, public health spending increased among 65 percent of local public health agencies, by an average of $6.16 per person, for a total of $40.84 per person in 2005. In communities that increased public health spending by 10 percent, mortality levels declined measurably: infant mortality rate declined 6.85 percent; heart disease deaths per 100,000 population declined 3.22 percent; and deaths from diabetes and cancer declined 1.44 percent and 1.13 percent respectively.


The authors suggest that additional spending, such as the $15 billion in new federal funds authorized under the Affordable Care Act's Prevention and Public Health Fund, would be expected to generate substantial improvements in population health over time. In future, by measuring spending levels in specific programmatic areas such as tobacco control, nutrition and physical activity, it may be possible to identify more precise relationships between investments and health outcomes.








Public Health and Equity Principles for Transportation

APHA has recently released a list of 10 Public Health and Equity Principles for Transportation ( ). These policies recognize the various impacts that transportation policies can have on public health — they can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, asthma, obesity and mental health disorders — especially on vulnerable populations, including the elderly, the poor and individuals with disabilities. We believe that if transportation policies are reviewed and evaluated with these principles in mind, we will be better able to ensure that health and equity are well-represented. By holding transportation policies to a stated set of standards, we can encourage a transportation system that supports health, and direct funds to programs that improve health, equity and well-being. It is essential that other organizations — at the national, state and local level — demonstrate their support for these principles by joining us as signatories. Please sign on here ( ) to show your organization’s support for these essential principles.

Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments

Dear Fellow Members,

I am the PHN Section representative to The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, or ANHE.  ANHE is reaching out to all nursing and other health related groups to join the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families coalition.  As nurses and health professionals, each of us has a responsibility to advocate for change that can improve health or eliminate disease. The Safer Chemicals Act of 2011 (S847) has been introduced in the U.S. Senate -- a bill that will address how chemicals are managed and regulated in this country. It will also require that new chemicals provide information about health impacts. The SCHF coalition is spearheading work to get this important legislation passed this term. As health professionals we need to be part of this effort.

It does not cost money to join in support of chemical reform; simply go to and click on GET INVOLVED at the top of the page. You will then see Join as an ORGANZIATION.  Complete the information requested and you are part of the coalition. Please in addition email me at the address below and let me know you have joined. We want to be sure to publicize how nurses are making a difference in the lives of their patients and their communities.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. In addition I urge you to check out and utilize the incredible number of timely resources, which are available on the ANHE website,  and in their e learning website

Thank you for allowing me to represent the PHN Section on this dynamic organization! I serve on the Steering Committee and the Policy and Advocacy Committee.

Beth F. Lamanna, WHNP, MPH, RN




FEMA Emergency App for Droid

Given the recent devastating disasters that have affected so many, you may be interested to know that FEMA has an emergency app for the Droid. A version for Blackberry devices and iPhones will be available in the coming weeks. It is free and easy to sign up for and probably a good app for all of us to have.


The FEMA App provides preparedness and disaster recovery information only.  Here are the highlights of what you will be able to do:

·Check off the items you have in your family’s emergency kit;

·Enter your family emergency meeting locations;

· Review safety tips on what to do before, during and after a   disaster;

· View a map of shelters and disaster recovery centers across the U.S.; and

·Read our latest blog posts.

FEMA created the app, keeping the disaster survivor in mind, making sure much of the information would be available even if cell phone service isn’t, so you’ll be able to access the important information on how to stay safe after a disaster, as well as your family's emergency meeting locations.


Population Focused Periodic Table for PHNs

Nancy Menzel, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC  has developed a very creative periodic table for population health focused nursing in the community.  We are publishing it with her permission.  Nancy has also given permission for PHNs to copy and use the table. We think you will find it very useful

Decreasing Diabetes Disparities Building Mexican American Family Social Capital

Marylyn Morris McEwen PhD, PHCNS-BC, FAAN , an associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing, has been awarded a $1.8 million, five-year grant titled Decreasing Diabetes Disparities: Building Mexican American Family Social Capital.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the project seeks to build family capacity for managing diabetes among individuals of Mexican origin who reside in the United States–Mexico border region, where type 2 diabetes (T2DM) exceeds the U.S. national rates for Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites. Elimination of T2DM health disparities in this unique geopolitical region is of utmost importance in the fight to reduce diabetes and its negative long-range health consequences.

Using community-based participatory research principles to engage Mexican American adults with T2DM and their family partners, Dr. McEwen’s research team will facilitate the design and testing of a culturally tailored diabetes management education and social support intervention for building family capacity (“social capital”) to reduce T2DM health disparities. A total of 168 Mexican American adults with T2DM, ages 35-74, and their family member (18 years and older) will randomly be assigned to either intervention or wait-list control groups. A compressed intervention will be offered to participants in the wait-list control group. The intervention will be delivered in Spanish and English through group education and social support activities, home visits and telephone calls. The intent is to improve and sustain glycemic control within individuals with T2DM and effect positive downstream outcomes for families and communities as well.

For more than 20 years, Dr. McEwen has been working in several health-related ways with Mexican Americans who reside in the U.S.–Mexico border region – conducting community health assessments, mentoring nursing and other health professional students to provide educational interventions and case-management services and conducting community-based pilot studies that focused on diabetes self-management.

Dr. McEwen’s inter-professional team includes: Carolyn Murdaugh, PhD, FAAN, UA College of Nursing; Harold Szerlip, MD, UA College of Medicine; Deborah Koniak-Griffin, RNC, EdD, FAAN, director Women's Health Research, Center for Vulnerable Populations Research, UCLA School of Nursing; and Gwen Gallegos, FNP, CDE, Carondelet Health Network, Tucson.


Beauty Salons and PHN

The current state of health research in the United States has largely categorized U.S. born and foreign-born individuals of “Black or of African descent” into very broad ethnic groups such as Black American or African American. However, these broad groupings have discounted and overlooked the variation of cultures found among Black populations. An aspect of relevance is that cultural beliefs and patterns may influence the perceptions and health concerns of Black populations. Understanding the perceived health concerns and the influence of culture on those health concerns can assist in the development of gender-specific and culturally appropriate nursing care for Black women.

The aim of this six-month exploratory, qualitative study was to identify and explore the perceived health concerns of African American and Sierra Leonean women using focused ethnography as the methodology and the techniques of participant observation. Furthermore, this study sought to identify cultural components among the chosen groups that may affect their perceived health concerns. This study also explored the cultures of the Black hair salons, a context where health information is exchanged among Black women. Seventeen key informants, 10 African American women and seven Sierra Leonean women were interviewed using a semi-structured format.

The following five domains were developed for each group: a) culture; b) spirituality; c) roles/responsibilities; d) health; and e) health concerns.

Based on the findings, the following conclusions were drawn: The salon culture facilitates an environment of closeness and trust among the patrons, stylists and salon owners. Women of both groups feel comfortable when discussing general and personal information in the salons. Therefore, information related to health and health concerns are easily discussed in the salons. Data related to the cultures of the two groups revealed the importance of family, traditions, celebrations and foods. The key informants revealed health concerns related to conditions affecting themselves, family members and close friends. The following health conditions were major concerns for both groups of women: 1) obesity/weight gain, 2) weight-related health conditions (diabetes and hypertension), 3) stress, and 4) cancer. Moreover, this study provided a greater understanding of the health concerns of African American and Sierra Leonean women, which will facilitate the development of gender-specific and culturally-appropriate nursing care, nursing research and health education programs.  

Diona Martyn, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC, reference is listed below, you can contact her by clicking on her name.

Martyn, D. (2011). An Ethnography of African American and Sierra Leonean Hair Salon Patrons and Their Perceived Health Concerns. Ph.D. dissertation, The Catholic University of America, United States -- District of Columbia. Dissertations & Theses: Full Text. (Publication No. AAT 3439970)


Childhood Obesity Video Available

Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States.  It affects not only the health of children, families and communities, but even our health care system and economy.  Childhood obesity has a regressive prevalence pattern: it is found disproportionately in communities of color and populations on the bottom rung of the socioeconomic ladder.  "Reframing Childhood Obesity" is a new video that addresses childhood obesity from a social determinants perspective and presents public policy solutions to prevent it.


“Reframing Childhood Obesity” includes content that can be used to fuel action within health care communities. It also includes material appropriate for community/public health nursing education such as descriptions of population level interventions, i.e. the promotion of urban farming and/or taxing sugar-sweetened beverages, and other alternatives to exhortations to personal responsibility. Nurses are well regarded by the public, and as such are well positioned to inform and educate people about childhood obesity. Nurses also lobby elected officials to initiate and promote federal and state policy that prevents and reverses childhood obesity, although the nursing voice could perhaps be louder. “Reframing Childhood Obesity” may help nurses enhance their role in policy development. It begins with an introduction to the subject of childhood obesity and employs media advocacy strategies that attempt to reframe how childhood obesity is perceived.


“Reframing Childhood Obesity” extends the dialogue about the subject beyond the individual to include population health and social factors leading to an obesogenic society. The video provides educators and public health professionals a timely resource to inform and inspire viewers to advocate for public policies designed to combat and reverse the proliferation of this epidemic. 


Fara Buss, RN, MN (Major, United States Air Force)


Janet Primomo, PhD, RN




J & J Nursing Photo Campaign

In preparation for their anniversary in February 2012, the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future is working on the creation of a mosaic of individual nurses' photos that will create a single image to celebrate the nursing profession. The initiative is called, The Art of Nursing: A Portrait of Thanks Mosaic Project. "

Johnson & Johnson proposes that by submitting a photo, a nurse will be a part of nursing’s history, and will help encourage and inspire the next generation of nurses. For every photo uploaded between Aug. 15, 2011 and Feb. 1, 2012, the Campaign will donate $1 to the Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association (FNSNA) to help fund nursing student scholarships.

Further information can be found on Johson & Johnson's facebook page. 


Nurse Family Partnership

Dr. Joanne B. Martin, DrPH, RN, FAAN, has been named director of Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) Implementation Planning for Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, Inc., in Indianapolis.


She will oversee the startup and implementation planning phases of the first NFP home visiting program in Indiana. NFP is a national model of evidence-based home visiting. Long-term follow-up demonstrates the persistence of favorable outcomes for families. NFP helps to change the life course of low-income women who are pregnant with their first child. Home visits from knowledgeable, caring registered nurses result in healthier pregnancies, better parenting, and babies getting the best possible start in life.  


Martin was recently appointed to the DHHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality. She also has served as chair of the Public Health Nursing Section (1986-87) and held several other leadership roles with APHA. She will co-present a paper at the APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., this November.


Martin brings to NFP 40 years of experience with home visiting programs designed to improve the health of mothers and babies, including Community Partners in Prenatal Care, The MOM Project, Director of Healthy Families America, and more than 20 years as Director of Training and Technical Assistance Project for Healthy Families Indiana.


For Nurse-Family Partnership, Goodwill Industries is currently seeking highly qualified, enthusiastic, baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses who are passionate about improving pregnancy outcomes, child health and development, and self-sufficiency among eligible low-income, first-time parents. These Nurse Home Visitors will provide home visits beginning in the second trimester of pregnancy and continuing until age 2 of the child.


To apply: and select either Nurse Manager or Nurse Home VisitorContact Val Nowosielski at (317) 524-4290 or email her at with questions.


More information on Nurse Family Partnership:


For more information about Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, Inc., visit

Leadership and Policy Development

Senior Strategic Policy Advisor Center Champion Nursing


This position will help shape the future of nursing education in the United States.  Primary responsibilities include: provide content expertise, research policy and issue analysis on an array of pressing issues related to 21st century nursing practice; specifically as it relates to nursing education and its importance in building a stronger health care work force. The position is a member of the Center to Champion Nursing in America “CCNA” staff and works with other team members to: 1) create innovative strategies to address nursing education challenges; 2) work with visionaries in the nursing education field to develop new approaches, synergies and support; 3) identify leaders in both nursing schools and in other disciplines who will work to improve education curricula and inter-professional collaboration 4) track and synthesize a  wide array of data; 5) track legislation and; 6) coordinate high profile projects involving CCNA, other AARP entities, and external organizations - particularly the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

PHN in Alaska

PHN opportunities in Alaska, experience the difference