Public Health Policy
  • Fund research to better articulate the contributions and outcomes of public health nursing interventions. Unfortunately, when public health nurses are doing their jobs well, they are invisible and their work is often not valued.

  • Market the pivotal role of PHNs to increase political influence and secure more funding.

The flexibility, versatility, and passionate commitment to the communities they serve place PHNs in a position to lead the changes necessary for creating the conditions in which people can be healthy.

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