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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ACHNE Board Election Now Open!

It is time to cast your vote in the 2017 ACHNE Election. This year you will be choosing a Vice President, Secretary, General Member-at-Large/Chair of Membership Committee, Northern Member-at-Large, Midwest Member-at-Large and Two Nominating Committee Members. View candidate statements and access official ballot. 

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Beth El College of Nursing & Health Sciences University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Invites and welcomes you to The Omaha System International Conference
April 20-22, 2017  Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
Presentations provide an overview of perspectives from education, research and practice with both local and global implications for use and data management. 
Representing the Host College and a member of the Conference Planning Committee, I am excited about this wonderful opportunity to learn, network and continue to establish partnerships! Looking forward to seeing you there!

Warm Regards,
Barbara Joyce, Ph.D., RN., CNS, ANEF
Emeritus Professor

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Hi ACHNE! I wanted to contribute a resource that I hope will be of use to you and your readers! MPH@GW, the online MPH program from The Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University, recently published a piece on the development of vaccines. It includes several small graphics about: -the differences between immunization and vaccination -the phases of vaccine development -the stakeholders in vaccine production We hope that these resources will help shed some light on how detailed and regulated the process of vaccine development really is. Would you be interested in using any of these resources on your website or social media pages? Please let me know, and I would be happy to provide you with more context around the piece, or the JPEGs of the graphics! Thanks in advance! Julie Potyraj | Community Manager | MPH@GW/HealthInformatics@GW MPH Candidate, Fall 2017 Milken Institute School of Public Health The George Washington University e: jpotyraj@publichealthonline.gwu.edu | t: @GWSPHonline '

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ACHNE 2017 Call for Award Nominations

Deadline Extended to March 24th!

Dear ACHNE Member: 

On behalf of the ACHNE Awards Committee,  we are seeking your nominations for the 2017 ACHNE Awards: 

Member Awards:

  1. Outstanding Contributions to Community/Public Health Nursing Education
  2. Outstanding Contributions to Community/Public Health Nursing Practice
  3. Outstanding Contributions to Community/Public Health Nursing Research
  4. Outstanding Service to ACHNE

Student Awards (Membership not required for nomination):

  1. Outstanding Masters Graduate Student in Community/Public Health Nursing
  2. Outstanding Doctoral Graduate Student in Community/Public Health Nursing

This is a wonderful way to honor ACHNE members who are deserving of special recognition. Note that nominators and nominees must be current members of ACHNE as of February 1, 2017.

Submitting nominations is a simple process, with nominations due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on March 24, 2017.

Click here for award criteria and the nomination form.

Questions and Nomination Submissions may be addressed to: Gail Oneal, Tel. 509-324-7263, Chair of ACHNE Awards Committee

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ACHNE 2017 Ballot


Dear ACHNE Member,
It is time to cast your vote in the 2017 ACHNE Election. This year you will be choosing a Vice President, Secretary, General Member-at-Large/Chair of Membership Committee, Northern Member-at-Large, Midwest Member-at-Large and Two Nominating Committee Members. 

Candidates for 2017 Ballot:

Vice President

Lori Edwards, DrPH, MPH, BSN, RN, APHN-BC


Krista Jones, DNP, MSN, APHN, RN

Member-at-Large/Chair of Membership Committee:

Donna M. Kazemi, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN

Northern Member-at-Large*

Elizabeth A. Campbell, PhD, MSN, FNP, CNE

Karen May, PhD, RN, CNE

Claudia M. Smith, PhD, MPH, RN-BC

Midwest Member-at-Large*

Amber Dallwig, MSN, BSN

Becky Davis, DNP APHN-BC

Nominating Committee (Vote for Two)

Heide R Cygan, DNP, RN, APHN-BC

Susan Harrington, PhD, RN

*Reminder: You are only allowed to vote for Members-at-Large (MALs) for the region in which you live. The Northern Region includes: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. The Midwest Region includes: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The deadline for voting is Friday, April 7, 2017 at midnight EDT. Please note: You will be required to log in to the members area to view this information. 

If you have questions for the Nominating Committee, please contact the co-chairs, David Reyes or Jennifer Shearer.

Click here to view candidate statements 

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New thread has been posted to forum Forums, thread Wanted:

BSN programs to pilot a vignette evaluating student competence using the QC competencies

SSwider on 03/10/2017
Colleagues,  AACN has been collaborating with CDC for the past 4 years to strengthen nursing education in public and population health. One of the endeavors we are engaged in is to begin to develop mechanisms to evaluate whether our teaching strategies are helping our students gain knowledge and skills in PHN, as measured by the QC competencies for generalist practice. To that end, we have developed a short vignette, with questions to assess student competency in a few key areas. We want to pilot this vignette in 4-5 schools, with traditional BSN programs. We need 20 students at the early stages of their nursing program, and 20 students just before graduation, from each program. We will be collecting data in the next 4 weeks. If you are interested in your school's participation, please contact Susan Swider, PhD, APHN-BC, FAAN at susan_m_swider@rush.edu. Thanks for considering. To view the thread go to http://www.achne.org/i4a/bb/index.cfm?page=topic&topicID=29.

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Council on Linkages Releases Meeting Schedule for 2017

The Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council on Linkages) has scheduled four meetings to be held throughout 2017. Dates and times of the meetings are as follows:

  • Tuesday, April 11th, from 1-3pm ET
  • Monday, July 17th, from 1-3pm ET
  • Monday, October 2nd, from 2-4pm ET
  • Tuesday, December 12th, from 1-3pm ET

These meetings will be held by conference call and will focus on activities related to the Academic Health Department Learning Community, the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals, and other initiatives of the Council on Linkages. All public health professionals interested in learning more about Council on Linkages initiatives are welcome to attend. Additional information, including agendas and meeting materials, will be available prior to each of these meetings. For more information, please contact Janelle Nichols at jnichols@phf.org.

Posted Feb 28, 2017 Remove December 13, 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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