What is Public Health Nursing?

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Calling all members of the Global Network for Public Health Nurses.

One of the objectives of our organization is to:

Develop a shared definition of public health nursing practice that will reflect the culture, professional traditions, social-economic climate and the policy of individual countries throughout the world.  (https://www.gnphn.com/about )

To this end, I would like to invite all members to engage in a conversation about Public Health Nursing Practice.  I invite all members to begin exploring this concept of public health nursing practice.  I know that each of us knows about the delivery of public health nursing services in our own countries, but I would ask you to think globally.  Are there basic tenants of public health nursing that cross geographical, philosophical, governmental and ideological boundaries?  What is Public Health Nursing Practice?  Where do we agree…where do we differ.

To start the conversation, I would like to share a document created under the direction of the Public Health Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association.  If anyone has documents from your own countries to share and help us as we engage in this conversation, please post them to the blog  so they can add to our understanding and inform our discussion. Thank you all so much.  I very much look forward to our continuing conversation.


Linda Reveling Smith
Chair, GNPHN Steering Committee

By | 2017-08-17T17:01:09+00:00 October 23rd, 2015|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Achieving the MDG target: Reversing the incidence of Malaria 2000–2015 SEPTEMBER 2015


In 2000, malaria was identified as one of the biggest public health challenges of our time. Global leaders committed to decrease malaria cases by 2015. The world has now achieved this goal.A new WHO joint report, “Achieving the malaria MDG target,” shows that new malaria cases have dropped by 37% in the last 15 years. Of the 106 countries and territories with malaria transmission in 2000, 102 are projected to reverse the incidence of malaria by the end of 2015.Despite tremendous progress, malaria remains a public health problem.

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By | 2017-08-17T17:01:09+00:00 September 18th, 2015|Uncategorised|0 Comments

New article added

Demographic and health profile of older adults utilising public health nursing services in Ireland: Findings from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) CATRIONA MURPHY The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Trinity College, Dublin 2 JULY 2015


By | 2016-07-04T11:08:28+00:00 September 9th, 2015|Uncategorised|0 Comments


The GNPHN Steering group are pleased to announce the next GNPHN International conference will be hosted by the Association of Health Visitors , Denmark and will take place on September 19th /20th in Billund, Denmark. Further details will be posted when available. .

GPHN Conference 2016

Key contact: Christina Lindhart,The Assocaiation of Health Visitors , Denmark


By | 2016-07-04T11:08:23+00:00 March 29th, 2015|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Seasons Greetings

Dear GNPHN Members

Apologies if you did not recieve content in last blog.

We hope wherever you are,  you will have a peaceful Christmas and  blessings in 2015.

We will send you an update in the New year with plans for next International PHN conference in 2016

Good wishes to all of you & your families .

Please note that our new chairperson for GNPHN Steering Commitee is:

Linda Reveling Smith,  MPH, RN, PHN

Assistant Professor, Nursing
Winona State University

339 Stark Hall

Winona, Minnesota 55987



By | 2017-08-17T17:01:09+00:00 December 21st, 2014|Uncategorised|0 Comments


Forwarded from mPowering Health Workers

Webinar Series:

Training Health Workers for Ebola—Protection, Detection, and Response

October 21st, 23rd, 28th and 30th10.00-11.00am EDT

Invitation to participate

The Ebola crisis has affected some of the most vulnerable countries of the world, and frontline health workers are struggling to keep pace with the outbreak. Health workers need clear, simple and reliable information on how to protect themselves, detect the disease, and respond.

More than 15 international health organizations, led bymPowering Frontline Health WorkersandIntraHealth International, are coming together to share information related to this response through webinar discussions and via an online Ebola Resource Center.

Please join the conversation in the webinars.

The webinar seriesTraining Health Workers for Ebola: Protection, Detection, and Response, will run on October 21, 23, 28, and 30. The webinars are open to all and we welcome participation from as diverse an audience as possible, including Ministries of Health, health workers, community leaders, program implementers (in-country and international), policy makers, and others.

You can find the webinar page and registration information athttp://techchange.org/live-events/training-health-workers-for-ebola/.  All of the webinars will be available for viewing at www.techchange.org after the air dates.

The presentations and discussions in the webinars will cover the following issues:

  • ·How to leverage currently available resources to train, support, and communicate with frontline health workers and others involved in the direct Ebola response through mobile technology;
  • ·Ways to connect implementers to resources, collaborators, & sources of information;
  • ·Improving opportunities to enable implementers and programmers to share efforts, collaborate, and avoid duplication.

An online Ebola Resource Centeris being developed for participants to share messages, training content, guidance documents, and other information (launch on 21st October). In addition, a linked 4-week facilitated online discussionwill take place in the Health Information for All Forum leading up to, during and after the webinars.

We look forward to meeting you in the webinars

& invite you to participate in the conversations in the HIFA forum.

Do you have content you would like to share in the Ebola Resource Center?

Please email Dave Potenziani at Intrahealth


By | 2016-07-04T11:08:12+00:00 October 21st, 2014|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Ebola Communication Network

oday, the Ebola Communication Network (ECN), was launched. The ECN is an online collection of Ebola resources, materials and tools from and for the global health community.

The ECN () is populated with more than 120 resources, including not only SBCC materials like posters, brochures and infographics, but also Demographic and Health Surveys of affected regions, customized maps and peer-reviewed journal articles. The site is responsive to mobile devices and optimized for low bandwidth situations. It includes an RSS feed of Ebola-related news that is updated in real time.
ECN’s faceted search allows users to find materials based on language, type (e.g., public service announcements, posters, and fact sheets), topic (e.g., prevention, treatment, safe burial practices), audience (e.g., community health workers, governments, health care providers) and any other facets deemed necessary. Users can also upload their own materials, which are posted after a brief review process.

ECN continues to expand as new resources are added each day. Because it is built on an open-source platform, ECN can be enhanced with a host of new features as the crisis unfolds.
Those working in the fight against Ebola can use ECN to search and share resources, and help build the collection by uploading quality communication materials they have developed for use in the field.

The ECN was developed by the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) with input from UNICEF, CDC, USAID, IFRC and WHO. HC3 is a USAID-funded project designed to strengthen developing country capacity to implement state-of-the-art health communication programs.

By | 2017-08-17T17:01:10+00:00 October 15th, 2014|Uncategorised|0 Comments


GNPHN  would like to congratulate Maura Moran, PHN ,Headford  , Co Galway , Ireland and her team . They were featured on RTE Nationwide last Friday on their work in Zambia with Imminizations4life. The programme can be accessed for the next 21 days on  RTE nationwide

By | 2016-07-04T11:07:58+00:00 September 29th, 2014|Uncategorised|0 Comments

ICCHNR Conference Seoul, S.outh Korea

ICCHNR is delighted to inform you that we are now open for abstracts for the 6th International Conference in Community Health Nursing Research 1921 August 2015 in Seoul, S.Korea. Please consider
Submitting and joining us in this exciting venue to exchange global community health research and issues.
Please SHARE the link with your email, facebook and twitter contacts so we can attract as many submissions as possible, thank you.
Best wishes
Sally Kendall
Ros Bryar
Sally Kendall

Director of CRIPACC,
Professor of Nursing
Faculty of Health and Human Sciences
University of Hertfordshire
College Lane
Herts. AL10 9ABTel:  +44 01707 286380
Fax: +44 01707 285995
E-mail: //s.kendall@herts.ac.uk/” target=”_blank” style=”color:rgb(17, 85, 204)”>s.kendall@herts.ac.uk

By | 2016-07-04T11:07:51+00:00 September 3rd, 2014|Uncategorised|0 Comments

AIDS 2014 – Conference is underway

Dear Friends,

Now officially open, this year’s International Aids conference, AIDS 2014, kicked off , 20th July, in Melbourne, Australia. This year’s theme is “Stepping up the pace”, and researchers, academics, clinicians, and many more have gathered to discuss the current global state of affairs and progress towards overcoming the ongoing challenge of HIV/AIDS, and to present their latest findings. You can read more about this year’s programme by visiting the AIDS 2014 website, and view the standout items from each day of the conference by clicking here.

The conference has also seen the release of the AIDS 2014 Melbourne Declaration, which emphasises the importance of non-discrimination, as “fundamental to an evidence-based, rights-based and gender transformative response to HIV and effective public health programmes.” You can read more about the Melbourne Declaration, whose ambassadors include Nobel Laureate Françoise Barré Sinoussi, Sir Richard Branson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and many more. To sign up to the Declaration, please click here to visit the campaign’s Avaaz website.

A number of the IFGH’s members are attending this year’s AIDS 2014, and we hope to hear from them via our social media channels! For those of us who are unable to attend, regular updates can be viewed at the conference’s media centre, and wider commentary on the event can be seen, as well as contributed to, via Twitter using the hashtag:#AIDS2014.

This year’s conference has been of course overshadowed by the recent loss of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, many of whose passengers were travelling to attend AIDS 2014, including Dutch clinical researcher and former President of the International AIDS Society, Professor Joep Lange, and the World Health Organisation’s Glenn Thomas. A minute’s silence was observed, and tributes were paid to the colleagues who were lost in this tragedy, at the conference’s opening session.

With kind regards,

Irish Forum for Global Health

By | 2017-08-17T17:01:10+00:00 July 23rd, 2014|Uncategorised|0 Comments