In the Spring of 2018, ACHNE charged a group of interested members, under the leadership of Dr. Susan Swider to “explore whether ACHNE should have a policy committee to make recommendations to the Board of Directors, with details for development and implementation.” The task group comprised of nursing faculty and academic/public service nursing leaders met monthly over 6 months, researched the literature and policy initiatives in place through other relevant professional organizations and stakeholders. The task group presented its final recommendation on June, 8, 2018. The final recommendation made by the task force include the following:

  • Structure (collaborative partnerships with APHN, APHN-PHN Section, and AACN)
  • Membership (elected committee of 6-10, Ex-Officio board member)
  • Resources (regular monthly meetings, dues and participation in NCC, student research support, creation of web discussions, membership training opportunities)
  • Communication (survey for priorities, BOD report monthly, presentation at Annual Institute, newsletter piece yearly)
  • Assessing Committee Impact/Effectiveness (committee sets annual goals, evaluate and report to board annually)
  • Function and Purpose-set realistic goals and priorities based on interest and resources

As a newly proposed standing committee, Dr. Pamela Levin solicited interest from Task Group members to become the inaugural committee. Membership is as follows:

  • Chair: Jennifer Morton, DNP, MPH, PHNA-BC, University of New England
  • Ann Stalter PhD, RN, Wright State University
  • Chesanny Butler, PhD, RN, University of South Carolina, Beaufort
  • Susan Harrington, PhD, RN, Grand Valley State University
  • Voncelia Brown, PhD, RN, Salisbury University
  • Mary Jo Stanley, PhD, RN, CNS, CNE, California State University, Stanislaus

The Policy Committee meets monthly on average developed early strategic priorities that are aligned with the organization’s strategic priorities. We seek additional membership to advance the work outlined in our purpose and strategic priorities.

These are the ways we are meeting the strategic goals:

ACHNE Strategic goals

Promote innovative academic practice partnerships by:

Increase ACHNE and its members’ involvement in public health policy by:

Initiate recruitment, engagement and retention to better reflect diversity in membership by:

Communicate and rapidly respond to issues consistent with the mission and promoting a unified voice for ACHNE by:

Establish a mechanism for mentorship internal and external to the organization related to public health nursing by:

Policy Committee

Developing policy competencies that enable ACHNE members (faculty) to empower students to effectively apply in practice settings

Inviting ACHNE member participation via survey

and information sharing with members through educational opportunities such as plenary sessions to encourage collaboration and application

Creating work/focus groups to mentor program planning and policy development with a focus on diversity and population health

Establishing improved communications through website discussion posts/blogs, shared drives, teleconference meetings, and social media as appropriate

Involving members in real time issues through listserv

Promoting a peer-mentoring infrastructure

Identifying a unified cause and develop a campaign

Fostering framework / structure to allow for duplicity and sustainability, such as lobby/advocacy for policy positions in collaboration with APHA

Policy Committee

Purpose: to assess, educate and make action recommendations to ACHNE Board of Directors and membership on public health and/or nursing educational policy and secondarily (dependent on current state and resources) on general public health policy.

Membership: The committee chairperson serves a two-year term. There are 5 members who also serve two-year terms. Chair and committee members should have an interest and experience in policy work. The committee should also include Research Committee representation.


  • Promote the advancement of timely public health issues and priorities, particularly as they relate to the educational needs of nursing students
  • Represent ACHNE on Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) and make recommendations to ACHNE BOD
  • Communicate with key partners (Quad Council members AHNE, APHN, PHN section of APHA) to discuss policy issues and collaborate on recommendations and/or action plans
  • Write or solicit policy positions on behalf of ACHNE- write briefs, work with partner organizations (APHN, PHN section APHA, AACN, NACNEP, etc.)
  • Sponsor policy session at Annual Institute
  • Develop annual policy focus/legislative priorities for ACHNE and recommend to Board of Directors
  • Lobbying/advocacy for policy positions in collaboration with APHA - for example, if APHA supports, ACHNE could support and encourage member advocacy
  • Develop or use advocacy tool kit; advocacy based on geographic or location
  • Develop/review and recommend resources for teaching health policy to students
  • Initiate a social media platform to enhance the speed and effectiveness of information distribution.