Public Health Nursing

The Public Health Nursing Section advances this specialty through leadership in the development of public health nursing practice and research. The Section assures consideration of nursing concerns by providing mechanisms for interdisciplinary nursing collaboration in public health policy and program endeavors.

Vision: Advancing social justice and equity to achieve population health for all.

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5th Annual Racism Preconference Session – Birthing while Black: The Impact of Obstetric Violence and Responses to Systemic Racism in Maternal Health

Part I — Birthing While Black Panel and Opening


Part II — Health Equity Action Plans and Closing


More about the session

Focusing on systemic racism and the health of Black birthing families, the event objectives were to:

  • Increase the level of dialogue and visibility of racism as a maternal and public health issue
  • Characterize obstetric violence from the experiences of Black birthing families
  • Identify ways to support individuals who are experiencing obstetric violence
  • Utilize the Achieving Health Equity Framework to develop research, practice, and policy action steps that reduce systemic racism in maternal health: Valuing all individuals and populations equally—that is, there are no invisible, undervalued, or disposable people; Recognizing and rectifying historical injustices; and Providing resources according to need—not equally, but according to need.

Moderator: Rebecca Shasanmi Ellis, MPH, RN, BSN, Faculty-Center for Study of Health, Emory University


  • Rachel Azanleko-Akouete (Health Integration - Fairfax County Health Dept., Virginia)
  • Alexis Cobbins (California Preterm Birth Initiative)
  • Charles Johnson (4Kira4Moms)
  • Vu-An Foster (Life After 2 Losses)
  • Miyhosi Benton (Women and Justice Project)
  • Breakout Opening Remarks: Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, Senior Fellow, Morehouse School of Medicine

    Achieving Health Equity Framework Breakout Moderators

    • Research: Dazon Dixon Diallo, DHL, MPH, Founder and President of SisterLove, Inc.
    • Practice: Nastassia Davis, DNP, MSN, RN, IBCLC, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Montclair State University
    • Policy: Jack DiMatteo, Legislative Assistant, Office of Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14)
    • Presentation of Action Plans: Public Health Nurse Facilitators
    • Research - Kia Skrine Jeffers (UCLA School of Nursing)
    • Practice - Robin Evans-Agnew (University of Washington SON)
    • Policy - Lorie Goshin (Hunter-Bellevue SON)

    Closing Remarks: Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, Senior Fellow, Morehouse School of Medicine

    More about Public Health Nursing

    The Definition and Practice of Public Health Nursing (PDF)

    Public Health Nursing Section Strategic Plan (approved August 2019) 

    QCC Community/Public Health Nursing Competencies (approved April 2018)


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