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Public Health Nursing SectioN


About Us

Mission: The mission of the Public Health Nursing Section is provide leadership for the health of the public

Vision: Reaching out and partnering for Nebraska’s health.


  1. Professionalism
  2. Inclusivity
  3. Shared responsibility
  4. Geographic state representation
  5. Intentional leadership development
  6. Access to active participation

Public Health Nursing Governing Council

February 2015

Senior Co-Chair – Pat Lopez

Vice Co-Chair – Becky Davis

Omaha/Lincoln Representative – Carol Issac

Central Representative – Cindy Ference

Northeast Representative – Stephanie Bunner

Southeast Representative – Shirley Terry

West Representative – Wendy Wells

WHO BELONGS TO THE Public Health nursing SECTION?

Membership of the section includes representatives from practice and academia. Public Health Nursing members from practice represent areas such as local and state public health departments, schools and other community based organizations.


  • Search literature for current EBP programs related to transitional care and discharge planning – in both urban and rural settings.
  • Collect resources related to ACA /medical home concepts for further discussion
  • Development of the Nebraska PHN “White Paper”
  •  “It’s My Bag”  web based PHN education curriculum
  • Establish and monitor a cycle of evaluation for effectiveness of the section
  • Identify current members and engage Nebraska PHNs who are not members of the section.


Download a membership application. Print the form, fill out and mail to PHAN.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF JOINING THE Public Health Nursing SECTION?Continuing education for nurses

  • Continuing education for nurses
  • Networking and exchanging resources with your peers
  • Providing input into Section activities
  • Discounts at PHAN activities
  • Taking a lead in important issues

Tools & Resources

Meetings & Conferences

Scheduled Meetings
The membership will meet a minimum of three times per year. There will be an Annual Meeting of PHAN. There will be special meetings or events planned by the council when feasible nursing contact hours are provided.

PHN Facebook
Are you a member of Facebook? Join other PHNs on this page to exchange information and see what others are doing.

Perinatal Depression Project

The goal of the Nebraska Perinatal Depression Project is to “increase the identification and screening of women with perinatal depression through expanded and enhanced screening, referral and treatment.” The Public Health Association of Nebraska (PHAN), in partnership with the Nebraska Health and Human Services System (NHHSS), has developed a web-based provider curriculum on the topic of perinatal depression to assist with the achievement of this goal. The four-module, interactive, web-based curriculum takes approximately three hours to complete, and includes a virtual toolkit of quick reference materials. Upon completion of the curriculum, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify risk factors, symptom patterns and barriers to perinatal depression identification
  • Assess and screen clients for perinatal depression using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale
  • Utilize appropriate cultural competence skills in his/her perinatal depression assessment and intervention strategies
  • Describe the treatment options recommended for management of various types of perinatal depression
  • Employ appropriate resources/help for providers, patients and families when planning perinatal depression interventions

The target audience for this perinatal depression educational offering is physicians, nurses, psychologists and licensed mental health providers.

The Nebraska Perinatal Depression Provider Curriculum can be accessed at:  For further information or questions, please contact Carol Isaac, PHAN Project Coordinator, at 402-658-3204 (phone) or (email).

The Role of the Public Health Nurse In Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery A Position Paper

Association of Public Health Nurses Public Health Preparedness Committee
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Emerging Role of the Community Health Worker (CHW)

The Emerging Role of the Community Health Worker (CHW): Nurses as Champions and Policy Leaders in a Transforming Health Care System.

A collaborative study published by Kathy Karsting MPH, RN – Program Manager, Maternal Child Adolescent Health for Nebraska DHHS Division of Public Health and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Health Nurse Leader, 2015 -2017 – shared with NE-DHHS, the Nebraska Action Coalition and others.

The nursing profession has a long and credible history developing the workforce to meet health needs of the population. Active engagement of nurses in health systems transformation is necessary if nurses are to remain visible, relevant, and impactful. One area where nurses – the largest and most trusted of health professions – have been curiously silent is the changing workforce, particularly in development of the community health worker role.”

(Karsting, K. (2017). The Emerging Role of the Community Health Worker (CHW): Nurses as Champions and Policy-leaders in a Transforming Health Care System. Retrieved from abstract).

Emerging Role of the Community Health Worker (CHW)

Useful Websites

Pediatric Environmental National Classroom
Rural Services Integration Toolkit

This new toolkit from the Rural Health Information Hub offers strategies for rural communities seeking to integrate health and human services to increase care coordination, improve health outcomes, and reduce healthcare costs. The toolkit provides information, considerations for implementation, evidence-based models, and resources:



Current PHN Standards Guiding Practice Initiatives PHN Competencies – Quad Council (2011) Scope and Standards of PHN – ANA (2013) American Public Health Association, Public Health Nursing Section (2013). The definition and practice of public health nursing: A statement of the public health nursing section. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association.Definition:

Public health nursing is the practice of promoting and protecting the health of populations using knowledge from nursing, social, and public health sciences. IOM Future of Nursing – 2010 RWJF Forum on the Future of Public Health Nursing


Interested in learning more about the PUblic Health Nursing Section?

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