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  • Monday, February 08, 2016 10:59 AM | Anonymous
  • Monday, January 18, 2016 6:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On January 5, CMS made this announcement about the new Accountable Health Communities: 

    The Department of Health and Human Services today announced a new funding opportunity of up to $157 million to test whether screening beneficiaries for health-related social needs and associated referrals to and navigation of community-based services will improve quality and affordability in Medicare and Medicaid.

    The five-year program, called the Accountable Health Communities Model, is the first Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center model to focus on the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, including building alignment between clinical and community-based services at the local level.

    The Accountable Health Communities Model will support up to 44 bridge organizations, through cooperative agreements, which will deploy a common, comprehensive screening assessment for health-related social needs among all Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries accessing care at participating clinical delivery sites. The model will test three scalable approaches to addressing health-related social needs and linking clinical and community services – community referral, community service navigation, and community service alignment.

    Please save the date for webinars on the AHC Model application process:

      *   Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm EST: Register here.

  • Monday, December 14, 2015 11:12 AM | Anonymous

     The Nursing Community’s coalition activity for the month of

    November Round-Up.pdf. 
  • Monday, November 09, 2015 12:22 PM | Anonymous

    Letters On October 14, 2015, the NC sent a letter, signed by all 60 organizations, to Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN, FAAN, congratulating her on her recent appointment to Deputy Surgeon General. NC Committees Thank you to the following volunteers serving on NC committees!

    Budget Nick Croce (APNA) Dave Mason (NAPNAP) Suzanne Miyamoto (AACN) MaryAnn Sapio (AANP) Jo Ann Webb (AONE) Kitty Werner (NONPF)

    Communications Stacey Chappell (AONE) Lauren Inouye (AACN) Theresa Morris (NOVA) Christine Murphy (NLN)

    Events Emily Forrest (AANA) Suzanne Miyamoto (AACN) MaryAnn Sapio (AANP) Alec Stone (ONS) Elliot Vice (NCSBN) Jo Ann Webb (AONE) Membership Lauren Inouye (AACN) WilliamLecher (AAMN) Christine Murphy (NLN)

    Read more here /resources/October%20Round-Up.pdf  

  • Tuesday, October 06, 2015 11:15 PM | Anonymous
  • Saturday, August 08, 2015 11:28 AM | Anonymous

    The American Medical Association and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention have published a Pre-diabetes Toolkit as guidance for providers and health systems.  The objective is to promulgate screening and referral systems for patients with pre-diabetes. Attached is a 5-minute Webinar to provide a brief overview of the toolkit. Also attached is a copy of the toolkit. A list of local evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Programs for patients with pre-diabetes, as well as Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs for patients with diabetes will be disseminated soon.

    You can view the toolkit here.

    You can view the webinar here.

  • Saturday, August 08, 2015 11:27 AM | Anonymous

    The Association of Public Health Nurses (APHN), formerly known as The Association of State & Territorial Directors of Nursing (ASTDN) was founded in 1935. For many years Elfrida Nord, alumni member from Alaska and past president of ASTDN, kept records of ASTDN events. Ms. Nord’s work was continued by the History Committee and is contained in this document celebrating the 80thanniversary of the organization’s founding.

    APHN's 80th Anniversary Document

  • Saturday, July 04, 2015 4:05 PM | Anonymous

    By Carol Bush

    I believe mastering conversation strategies via social media is as essential to today’s nursing practice as our stethoscopes and our brain. Why?

    The world of healthcare has amazing potential for using social media to reduce waste, improve efficiency, quickly share evidence based information and research, allow providers to give more time to patients, and possibly reduce healthcare costs!

    I’m a Healthcare Social Media Evangelist

    Not “Social Media Expert"...far from it. I AM passionate and sincere in my desire to encourage nurses to claim their place at the table. Nurses are the most trusted profession.  We have amazing power as curators of accurate and evidence-based health information!  Corporations would pay billions to have our powerful brand!

    People go online for their health information. We should meet them where they are. Social media channels provide a fabulous way for us to educate,  inform and network professionally.

    Twitter users are often the first people to know the newest information, and love to post updates about it online.  It’s an interesting way to see what’s new in the world – finding out what people are talking about literally “right now”.  Plus it creates an interesting crowd from which to ask questions like, “ Is anyone getting anything out of this conference? “

    But don’t take my word for it.  Let me introduce you to Phil Bauman. 

    Phil  is a registered nurse….among other things…and helps physicians, nurses, and other healthcare leaders design better relationships with patients by focusing on the intersection of Healthcare and emerging technologies. 

    You can find some of his thoughts  at  HealthIsSocial .  He wrote the following in a blog post back in 2009:

    With 26 letters in the alphabet arranged within 140 characters, there are over 1.2 x 10^198 possible character combinations. Of course, the number of meaningful sentences is far less than that but a point stands out:  there’s a virtually infinite number of short pulses of (meaningful) information that Twitter can facilitate.

    He also put together an awesome list of 140 Healthcare Uses for Twitter.  (You will want to check out his ebook on Slide Share)  Here are a few of my favorites:

    • ·       Disaster alerting and response
    • ·       Nurse Mentoring and Collaboration
    • ·       Publishing supportive care tips
    • ·       Issuing Amber alerts
    • ·       Live Tweeting during  nursing conferences
    • ·       Sharing research and evidence based practice
    • ·       Real time satisfaction survey links with real time follow up

    So how do I get started, you might ask?

    It doesn’t have to be a grand scheme.  Begin like I did….take one step.  Start where you are.  I must admit, I felt a bit intimidated at first, however I soon learned the Twitter healthcare community is very welcoming AND they were talking about A LOT MORE than what they had for lunch!

    I have been on Twitter now for over 5 years.  During that time, I have not only gained new friends, but collaborated on national health projects as both a volunteer and consultant, been interviewed by national healthcare reporters, and been invited to give presentations to nursing organizations across the region and country related to my experience with Twitter.

    Ready to get started?  Now is the perfect time to join in the conversation!

    Go to and sign up for FREE (choose a name and a password).  I recommend using your real name as your twitter handle.  Claim your personal brand. (You will find me @cbushrn…my whole name was already taken).

    You can use Twitter on the web or on your phone – you can look at it once a day or once a week.  Don’t feel obligated to look at it and respond instantly…’s your network, after all!

    Once you’re signed up, you can start “following” people and they can “follow” you.  I am following people who have interesting things to say about healthcare innovation, healthcare social media, oncology nursing, telehealth and gardening.  I also follow regional weather.  Hey, I live in Kansas, during the summer, I need real-time access to severe weather locations!!

    Next step?  Get connected!

    Start by following me (@cbushrn)  and I’ll be glad to follow you.

    Let’s get a conversation started! Tweet your favorite quote about innovation or change, followed by @cbushrn #disruptivenurse.  Like this post from the APHN twitter account:


    Next, follow APHN (@PHNurse_org) then share a favorite public health resource, article or tool & mention the APHN account.  Like this:

    If you’d like to use Twitter and need some more guidance, I highly recommend checking out our colleagues from the United Kingdom  @WeNurses  and their  marrvy  Twitterversity.    It’s my favorite quick and practical guide to Twitter…just for nurses…and addresses all levels of Twitter experience!

    Now what are you waiting for?   I look forward to connecting!

    Carol Bush is an oncology nurse, telehealth advocate, blogger, gardening geek and disruptive innovator.

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