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. 

Read More

The Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Healthy People 2030

Register for the next meeting of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 (Committee). The Committee will:

  • Continue its deliberations regarding the Nation’s health promotion and disease prevention objectives
  • Develop recommendations regarding the proposed Healthy People 2030 objectives

Be a part of the Healthy People 2030 development process. This Committee meeting will be held online via webcast and is open to the public.
For more info and to register for the webcast, go to


ANHE Environmental Health Nurse Fellowship

Applications for Fellows and Mentors due 3/31/19 - there will be 30 fellows and 10 mentors selected
Learn more at https://envirn.org/anhe-eh-nurse-fellowship/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=1b9001a8-f7a7-4a77-8248-e4b74ae8bd4f

The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments will be launching the first Environmental Health Nurse Fellowship program starting June 1st, 2019 and running through May 31st 2020. Applications for the ANHE Fellowship program are now open. Learn more about the ANHE Fellowship and how to apply!
The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments’ (ANHE) Environmental Health Nurse Fellowship is designed to increase the capacity of nurses to address environmental and health equity issues in collaboration with communities, agencies, and public health and nursing organizations. The Fellowship will have a particular emphasis on climate change and health equity, but will include content on a variety of environmental health topics such as chemical exposures; food, air, and water quality; energy and health; and environmental justice. Environmental justice, the notion that no community should be disproportionately impacted by environmental exposures is a core value of ANHE in all of our work.

This new Fellowship program is being offered to increase nurses’ capacity to assess and address environmental health issues, with a focus on community-level impact and solutions to advance health equity for those disproportionately affected by environmental hazards. The Fellowship is a year-long program including environmental health education to gain a more thorough understanding of how environmental risks impact human health, as well as advocacy and community organizing, engagement, and empowerment basics. Fellows will be assigned a mentor and both the fellows and mentors will be funded to attend two national Fellowship meetings.

Program Requirements
ANHE is seeking nurse mentors and fellows to apply to participate in the ANHE Environmental Health Nurse Fellowship Program. Three fellows and one mentor will be selected from each of the 10 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regions for a total of 30 fellows and 10 mentors. Three fellows will be paired with a mentor in their respective EPA regions. Together, the mentor and fellow will identify a target community to focus the fellow’s work and develop a plan to guide the Fellowship experience. Learn more about the eligibility criteria for fellows and mentors and how to apply here:  https://envirn.org/anhe-eh-nurse-fellowship/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=1b9001a8-f7a7-4a77-8248-e4b74ae8bd4f.


ACHNE Members Win Public Health Nursing Best Paper 2018!

Congratulations to our ACHNE members, Barbara Polivka and Rosemary Chaudry for winning the Public Health Nursing Best Paper 2018 as selected by the PHN editorial board! Their piece 'A scoping review of environmental health nursing research', which appeared in the first issue of the year, is offered free by the journal and can be read here:     https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/phn.12373  


The Quad Council Coalition of Public Health Nursing Organizations recently released updates to the Community/Public Health Nursing Competencies. The competencies are available at  http://www.quadcouncilphn.org/documents-3/2018-qcc-competencies/

June 27, 2018

Two letters signed by Nursing Community Coalition and the Quad Council:

Promoting America’s Health Through Nursing Care
www.thenursingcommunity.org · 202-463-6930 ext. 272
June 19, 2018
The Honorable Kirstjen M. Nielsen
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528
Dear Secretary Nielsen,
On behalf of the 33 undersigned Nursing Community Coalition organizations, representing the cross section of nursing education, research, practice, and regulation, we implore the Department of Homeland Security, and the overall Administration, to protect the health and wellness of immigrant children.
As a profession, we are committed to the patient, the family, the community, and the populations our members serve. At the core of our education is holistic care that encompasses the physical and mental well-being of all—at any age and in any location. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it is well documented that when immigrant children are detained and separated from their parents, they can develop toxic stress, which can adversely impact their development.1,2 Nurses are empowered to protect the most vulnerable populations. Children of immigrant families experiencing this stress are the embodiment of those our profession has committed to protect through compassionate and evidence-based care.
Our profession requests immediate action be taken to protect the health of immigrant children and reverse the current policy. Their young minds, their health, and their ability to thrive in the future is of utmost importance. If the Nursing Community Coalition can be of any assistance, please contact the coalition’s Executive Director, Dr. Suzanne Miyamoto, at smiyamoto@aacnnursing.org, or at 202-463-6930.

American Academy of Nursing
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
American College of Nurse-Midwives
American Nephrology Nurses Association
American Nurses Association
American Organization of Nurse Executives
American Psychiatric Nurses Association
American Society for Pain Management Nursing
Association of Community Health Nursing Educators
Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses
Association of Public Health Nurses
Association of Veterans Affairs Nurse Anesthetists
Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Dermatology Nurses' Association
Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association
International Association of Forensic Nurses
International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses
National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
National Association of Hispanic Nurses
National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners
National Association of Neonatal Nurses
National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
National Association of School Nurses
National Black Nurses Association
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers
National League for Nursing
National Nurse-Led Care Consortium
Oncology Nursing Society
Organization for Associate Degree Nursing
The Honorable Alex Azar

1 American Academy of Pediatrics. AAP Statement Opposing the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act. Retrieved from: https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AAPStatementOpposingBorderSecurityandImmigrationReformAct.aspx
2 Jack P. Shonkoff, Andrew S. Garner, et al. “The Lifelong Effects of Early Childhood Adversity and Toxic Stress.” Pediatrics. Volume 129, Issue 1. Retrieved from: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/129/1/e232.

The Quad Council Coalition of Public Health Nursing Organizations: Association of Public Health Nurses, Association of Community Health
Nursing Educators, American Public Health Association Public Health Nursing Section, and the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments.
The Quad Council Coalition of Public Health Nurses urges an immediate end to the separation of children and
families that is now occurring at the border of Texas and Mexico.
It is a first principle of health for all of us that our society does not separate children and families except in cases
of danger and risk. When we tear children asunder from their families, we damage the children, the families, and
the community.
Separating children from their families traumatizes and stresses children and parents. Research has
demonstrated that this type of trauma in children (Adverse Childhood Experiences - ACEs) negatively affects their
physiological and psychological development, health, and well-being. The effects are dose-dependent. More
ACEs exposures leads to negative outcomes in their physical and mental health over the child’s life-span. This
traumatic separation of a child from the parent is perceived by the child as violence.
If we actively participate in or passively tolerate the separation of children from their parents, we harm them as
well as ourselves and the integrity of our society.
Regardless of the immigration issues that are being worked out, there is no excuse for the separations that are
occurring related to the “Zero Tolerance Immigration Prosecutions” policy. We join voices with multiple nursing,
medical and public health organizations to stress that the separation activity is both damaging and reprehensible.
We have an obligation as public health nurses to reiterate our opposition to this policy and to urge our leaders to
cease this activity of separating children and families immediately.


NEW: Climate, Health, and Nursing Tool (CHANT) Survey 

ANHE is calling on nurses and nursing students to participate in a brief survey addressing climate, health, and nursing. The survey titled the Climate, Health, and Nursing Tool (CHANT) will give us information about nurses’ awareness, motivation and behaviors related to climate change and health, all across the nation. It will only take 10-15 minutes, is anonymous and voluntary, and will contribute to science!

Please consider taking the time to complete the survey and feel free to share the link with others. We appreciate your help with this effort! TAKE SURVEY


Resource for Students and Educators providing information for expectant families: https://www.gettingready4baby.org/introduction






Trends & Topics Archive