Who We Are

The Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (ACHNE) provides a meeting ground for those committed to excellence in community and public health nursing education, research, and practice. ACHNE was established in 1978 and is run by elected volunteer leaders who guide the organization in providing networking through the quarterly newsletter and membership directory, and providing educational opportunities through publications and the annual Spring Institute. 

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Call for 2017 Award Nominations

Nominations for the 2017 ACHNE Awards are now being accepted. This is a wonderful way to honor ACHNE members who are deserving of special recognition. Nominations due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on February 28, 2017. Click here for award criteria and the nomination form.

ACHNE Communication Committee

The Committee’s June Survey validates the need to make ACHNE membership more accessible to nursing students. All the 2016 ACHNE committees’ goals include students as our future Community Health Nurses. It was when the members spoke through their participation in the Communication Committee’s survey that the ACHNE Board started to make this goal a reality.

New Dues Rates

The ACHNE Mid Year Board Meeting in Denver on October 27, 2016 voted to increase the Membership dues to $150.00 and to make the Student dues $75.00. The discussion was lively but always came back to the fact the ACHNE need to promote access to nursing students and support the future generation of nurses. The new dues rates will go into effect immediately. Check your renewal notice. We hope this gives you adequate notice. This is our collective effort to bring students into the organization and the process of creating Health Communities.

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UMass Dartmouth has openings for many faculty positions - Professor, Associate, and Assistant Professors as well as clinical track professors. Please look at our website for a full description of each position. I would appreciate it if you could forward to anyone who you think might be interested.

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Dear Colleagues, I wanted to share information about a new RFA from the EPA to investigate life-long environmental factors influencing health outcomes in later stage of life, called “Total Environment”.  Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the U.S., state and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and U.S. territories or possessions are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is approaching quickly-- March 2, 2017https://www.epa.gov/research-grants/using-total-environment-framework-built-natural-social-environments-assess-life-long

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 66.509
Solicitation Opening Date: December 2, 2016
Solicitation Closing Date: March 2, 2017, 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, seeks applications for research on how pollution affects human health in the context of the total environment – built, natural, and social environments interacting together with inherent characteristics and interactions. Proposed research should develop and test innovative models or impact assessment approaches to examine causal relationships of chemical pollutants and health effects with modifying interactions among the variables representing all of the major stressors and factors involved in a person’s life. Proposals that integrate a diverse field of disciplines (social science, economics, epidemiology, engineering, environmental science, biology, statistics, toxicology, chemistry, etc.) to address the complexity of the total environment research problem are highly recommended.

This solicitation provides the opportunity for the submission of applications for projects that may involve human subjects research.  Human subjects research supported by the EPA is governed by EPA Regulation 40 CFR Part 26 (Protection of Human Subjects).  This includes the Common Rule at subpart A and prohibitions and additional protections for pregnant women and fetuses, nursing women, and children at subparts B, C, and D.  Research meeting the regulatory definition of intentional exposure research found in subpart B is prohibited by that subpart in pregnant women, nursing women, and children.  Research meeting the regulatory definition of observational research found in subparts C and D is subject to the additional protections found in those subparts for pregnant women and fetuses (subpart C) and children (subpart D).  All applications must include a Human Subjects Research Statement (HSRS, as described in Section IV.C.5.c of this solicitation), and if the project involves human subjects research, it will be subject to an additional level of review prior to funding decisions being made as described in Sections V.C and V.D of this solicitation.

Guidance and training for investigators conducting EPA-funded research involving human subjects may be obtained here:
Basic Information about Human Subjects Research
Basic EPA Policy for Protection of Subjects in Human Research Conducted or Supported by EPA

In addition to regular awards, this solicitation includes the opportunity for early career awards. The purpose of the early career award is to fund research projects smaller in scope and budget by early career PIs.  Please see Section III of this Request for Applications (RFA) for details on the early career eligibility criteria.

Award Information:
Anticipated Type of Award: Grant or Cooperative Agreement
Estimated Number of Awards: 5 regular and 5 early-career awards
Anticipated Funding Amount: Approximately $7 million total for all awards
Potential Funding per Award: Up to a total of $800,000 for regular awards and $600,000 for early career awards, including direct and indirect costs, with a maximum duration of four years.
Cost-sharing is not required. Proposals with budgets exceeding the total award limits will not be considered.

Eligibility Information:
Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the U.S., state and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and U.S. territories or possessions are eligible to apply. Special eligibility criteria apply to the early career award portion of this RFA. See full announcement for more details.

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Deadline: March 6, 2017 at 12pm Eastern
The 2017 Joanne Angle Investigator Award provides funding for research investigating public health related to eye health and safety. Applications will be accepted in the following priority areas in adult vision, children’s vision, or eye injury:

·        Burden/economic aspects of eye disease/vision loss on society

·        Best practices to integrate vision screening/follow up care to system care access

·        Vision program effectiveness/evaluation

All research grants need to promote the core mission of Prevent Blindness – preventing blindness and preserving sight. Basic laboratory science research will not be supported under this program. Only applications with investigators and projects based in the United States or Canada will be accepted. Please note preference will be given in 2017 to public health research that relates to AMD and/or glaucoma.

The deadline for the fourteenth annual Joanne Angle Investigator Award is March 6, 2017 at 12pm Eastern. Grants are for a one-year period, up to $25,000, reviewed by a panel of scientists, and commence on July 1, 2017.For more information, visit: http://www.preventblindness.org/investigator-awards. Contact Nita Patel Sinha, Prevent Blindness Director of Public Health at 312-363-6019 or npatelsinha@preventblindness.org with any questions.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently announced two companion Funding Opportunity Announcements on reducing overscreening for cancer among older adults.  We would like to share the announcements with your list servs.

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The purpose of these announcements is to promote research on interventions, based in healthcare settings, designed to reduce overscreening for breast, cervical, or colorectal cancers among average-risk older adults. Overscreening older adults may be driven by factors at the individual, healthcare team, healthcare system and community organization levels. Research supported by this FOA should propose to intervene at two or more levels, and should measure outcomes at two or more levels, while accounting for interactions that occur between levels. Research supported by this FOA should enhance knowledge and consequences of overscreening to improve the health, independence, and quality of life of older adults.

Funding Opportunity


Funding Opportunity Number

Due Date

for Applications

Scientific Merit


Advisory Council Review

Earliest Project Start Date




Reducing Overscreening for Breast, Cervical, and Colorectal Cancers among Older Adults (R21)



June 16

October 16




Aug or Oct January



Sept or Dec




Reducing Overscreening for Breast, Cervical, and Colorectal Cancers among Older Adults (R01)


March 5

July 5

November 5




Aug or Oct January



Sept or Dec




Posted December 2, 2016

COCA Training Opportunities

Posted December 1, 2016  delete 1/15/2017

Andy Slavitt: Keeping Medicare's Promise with MACRA https://blog.cms.gov/2016/12/01/remarks-by-andy-slavitt-keeping-medicares-promise-with-macra/

Posted December 1, 2016 delete 3/2017

Mark your calendars! The 2017 Omaha System International Conference: A Key to Practice, Documentation, and Information Management will be held April 20-22, 2017 in Eagan, Minnesota. More details are on www.omahasystem.org/conferences.html. The school host will be the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado. The calls for award nominations and poster abstracts have just been announced. Start planning your responses and see Conferences for details!

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POSITION The University of Washington Tacoma Nursing & Healthcare Leadership program is recruiting to fill one faculty position at either the Assistant Professor (tenure track) or Senior Lecturer (non-tenure) starting in the 2017-2018 academic year.  If you or someone you know is interested in applying or want more information, please see either of the following URLs:

Assistant Professor: http://ap.washington.edu/ahr/academic-jobs/position/aa21464
Senior Lecturer: http://ap.washington.edu/ahr/academic-jobs/position/aa21465
Please feel free to pass this announcement along.
Thank you. David Reyes, DNP, MPH, RN, APHN-BC
Assistant Professor, Nursing & Healthcare Leadership Program
University of Washington Tacoma
1900 Commerce Street
Campus Box 358421
Tacoma, WA 98402-3100
(T) 253.692.5676; (F) 253.692.4424
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 The 2017 Consumer Food Safety Education Conference (To register, visit www.cfsec2017.fightbac.org. Early bird rates (save $50 ) end December 1. ) will focus on behavior change -- the heart of improving food safety practices at home and at work. Learn from our keynote speakers: Dr. Lou Atkins, Centre for Behaviour Change, University College, London, a co-author of The Behaviour Change Wheel Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety for Walmart and author of Food Safety = Behavior Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times and author of The Power of Habit Primary tracks include motivation and risk perception as keys to behavior change, influencing behavior though physical design, measuring behavior change, targeting at-risk populations and behavior change in the digital age. Details here: cfsec2017.fightbac.org This conference is important for those who educate consumers about foodborne illness. The conference will be a great place to network and engage in collaborative dialog about food safety initiatives. The conference takes place on January 25-27, 2017 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC, and is hosted by the non-profit Partnership for Food Safety Education.

December 1, 2016

New thread has been posted to forum Forums, thread APHN Webinar - CDC Implementation Guide on Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention: What PHNs Should Know by Pam Levin on 12/01/2016 at 7:55AM. 
Please the attached flyer for info on APHN's upcoming webinar:  http://www.achne.org/i4a/bb/index.cfm?page=topic&topicID=7. 
The CDC Implementation Guide on Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention: What PHNs Should Know 
December 6, 2016 (2:00-3:15 pm EST)

December 1, 2016

The Community Guide (website) is a free resource to help choose evidence-based interventions that could be used to improve health and prevent disease in your community. We would like to learn about your use of The Community Guide. If you are a member of more than one Quad Council Coalition (QCC) organization, please only complete this survey once

The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes. Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/useofTCGbyQCC     Thank you in advance for your participation.

Posted November 14, 2016

What Works: Improving Women’s Health

The Community Preventive Services Task Force is pleased to announce the new What Works: Improving Women’s Health fact sheet which features the leading health conditions affecting women and summarizes the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) findings that can be used to improve women’s health. Information provided in this fact sheet is designed to help public health planners, community advocates, educators, and policymakers find evidence-based intervention strategies to use for developing successful interventions that address heart disease, cancer, and mental health in women.

This fact sheet was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health (OWH). OWH coordinates women’s health efforts, works with federal agencies and external partners to address important women’s health topics, and supports policies that improve access to health care services.

You can access the What Works: Improving Women’s Health fact sheet from The Community Guide website https://www.thecommunityguide.org/ or from the Topic and Resources pages (https://www.thecommunityguide.org/topic/cardiovascular-disease) (https://www.thecommunityguide.org/topic/cancer)
(https://www.thecommunityguide.org/topic/mental-health) (https://www.thecommunityguide.org/resources).

Print the fact sheet or one-pager as a handout for presentations and exhibits, attach it to webinar materials, or link to it from slides.

Posted October 28, 2016

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