Twenty-five nurses from 22 states have been selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to participate in its Public Health Nurse Leaders program.
The two-year leadership development program is designed to strengthen the capacity of senior public health nurses to improve population health, address social determinants of health, respond to emerging trends in health and healthcare, influence policy and lead collaboration in their communities, according to a news release.
“At RWJF, we are working to build a culture of health that enables everyone in the United States to live the healthiest lives possible, supported by a system in which nurses are essential partners in providing care and promoting health,” Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, RWJF’s senior adviser for nursing and director of the Campaign for Action, said in the release. “We are so proud of all 25 nurses accepted into this program and excited about the many ways they will strengthen their state action coalitions by bringing public health expertise to their work.”
The program’s goal is to support nurses who are ready to lead public health departments in building a culture of health in their communities, according to the release. It was open to RNs nurses who hold leadership positions in governmental public health organizations. Its goal is to help the PHNLs develop their leadership skills and connections with key influencers so they can build and spread a culture of health.
Participating nurses will spend their first year focused on individual leadership development. Second-year activities are designed to enhance the leadership competencies and coaching skills of both the nurses in this program and key members of the action coalition in their respective states.
The Public Health Nurse Leaders selected for this program are:
• Jessica Hardy, MPH, RN, office of women’s health director, Alabama Department of Public Health, Montgomery.
• Tomi St. Mars, MSN, RN, CEN, FAEN, chief, Office of Injury Prevention, Arizona Department of Health Services, Phoenix.
• Patricia Scott, DNP, RN, PNP -BC, NCSN, director, Center for Health Advancement, Arkansas Department of Health, Little Rock.
• Sherylin Taylor, PHN, nursing director, Lake County Public Health, Lakeport, Calif.
• Noel Bazini-Barakat, MSN, RN, MPH, nursing director, Department of Public Health, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
• Diane Durrence, MSN, APRN, MPH, deputy chief nurse for nurse protocols, Department of District and County Operations, Georgia Department of Public Health, Atlanta.
• Joan Takamori, APRN, chief, Public Health Nursing Branch, Honolulu.
• Robin Hannon, MSN, RN, director personal health, St. Clair County Health Department, Belleville, Ill.
• Karen Crimmings, RN, CIC, chronic disease prevention and health promotion service manager, Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, Mason City, Iowa.
• Ivonne Rivera-Newberry, BSN, RN, assistant director, Reno County Health Department, Hutchinson, Kan.
• Clair Millet, DNP, APRN, PHCNS-BC, director of nursing, Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals Office of Public Health, Paulina.
• Carolyn Nganga-Good, DrPH (ABD), RN, CPH, health programs bureau administrator, Baltimore City Health Department.
• Renee Frauendienst, BSN, RN, PHN, CPI, public health division director, Stearns County, St. Cloud, Minn.
• Kay Henry, MSN, RN, director of nursing, Mississippi State Department of Health, Jackson.
• Rachelle Collinge, MPH, RN, public health nursing program manager, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Jefferson City.
• Kathy Karsting, MPH, RN, program manager II/supervisor MCAH program, NE DHHS Division of Public Health, Lincoln, Neb.
• Amy Wilson, BSN, MPH, RN, APHN-BC, chief nurse, New Mexico Department of Health, Public Health Division, Santa Fe.
• Maria MacPherson, MPH, RN, public health program nurse, New York State Department of Health, Syracuse.
• Connie Mele, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CARN-AP, NE-BC, LCAS, deputy health director, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, N.C.
• Nancie Bechtel, MPH, BSN, RN, EMT, assistant health commissioner/CNO, Columbus Public Health, Ohio.
• Alexandria Jones, MS, RN, director of nursing, Ohio Department of Health, Columbus.
• Monica Hughes, BSN, RN, director of public health nursing, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin.
• Arturo Rodriguez, MPH, RN, RS, director of public health, City of Brownsville (Texas) Public Health Department.
• Dorene Hersh, MN, RN, chief of nursing, Public Health Seattle-King County, Seattle.
• Angela Gray, BSN, RN, nurse supervisor, Berkeley County Health Department, Martinsburg, W.Va.
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