2022 Mid-Year Meeting

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Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity

APHN applauds the newly-released Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity report highlighting the value of community and public health nursing.  The related Report Brief “Valuing Community and Public Health Nurses” discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the important role of nurses not only in caring for the sick but in working to “contain and limit infection”.  Community and public health nurses know that “infection” takes many forms, including structural bias and racism and social and economic inequities.  Community and public health nurses are innovative in approaching and addressing inequities and the ongoing needs of our communities.

With the challenge of creating a path to health equity, this new report recommends investing in resources and funding to increase the number of community and public health nurses and establishing a national nursing workforce commission to track progress and develop further recommendations for preparing nurses to address the social determinants of health and advance health equity.


APHN's Commitment to Equity, Inclusion, Fairness and Respect

The Association of Public Health Nurses’ commitment to equity, inclusion, fairness and respect for human dignity are cornerstones of our professional practice. According to the ANA Code of Ethics, Interpretive Statement 8.2, “Ethics, human rights and nursing converge as a formidable instrument of promoting social justice and human diplomacy that can be amplified by collaboration with other health professionals…. Human rights must be diligently protected and promoted…..”

Promoting and protecting the health of populations using knowledge from nursing, social, and public health sciences is the backbone of PHN Practice. When issues arise that threaten these longstanding tenets of our profession, we believe we must work purposefully to resolve them and uphold the principles that guide our work.

Our country has reached the grim milestone of over 500,000 deaths from COVID-19. A disproportionate burden in essential service provision, illness and death has been borne by Black, Latinx, Immigrant and Indigenous peoples as a result of this virus. These disparities cannot be explained by differences in co-morbidities, education, or income. In addition, we have witnessed the outrage, indignation and fear expressed all across the world fueled by the searing videotaped images of a Black man – George Floyd- being killed before our very eyes by a member of law enforcement.

The system of racism is killing, injuring and disenfranchising people. Racism is a public health emergency. Each one of us is part of the system and we have a professional and ethical duty to make positive changes. The way we change the system is to work to dismantle it.

APHN Anti-Racism Education Resources (includes hyperlinks)

Anti-racism refers to action taken against racial hatred, bias, systemic racism, and the oppression of marginalized groups. It is usually structured around conscious and deliberate actions to provide equitable opportunities for all people. This is done on an individual and systemic level. APHN invites us all to engage in Anti-racism work by familiarizing ourselves with commonly used terminology, confronting acts and systems of racial discrimination, learning our history and working to change personal biases. APHN has compiled a resource list of videos, papers and articles which are helpful in engaging in action against racism.

APHN Anti-Racism Resources List.pdf


Help APHN Continue to Serve

 COVID-19 pandemic response efforts have strained public health resources nationally and contributed to a financial strain on APHN operations.

Please help APHN in our Fundraising efforts by making a donation towards our $25,000.00 fundraising goal for APHN operations. Donations can be made on the APHN website by clicking the "Donate" button. No donation is too small.