Learn More
Many new initiatives for population health improvement feature partnerships of leaders and organizations across multiple sectors of society. The purpose of this article is to review 1) the rationale for such partnerships as an important, if not essential, tool for population health improvement; 2) key organizational and contextual factors that appear to be(More)
OBJECTIVES This paper reports the characteristics of recent public health nursing (PHN) practice change experienced by staff-level public health nurses. Recommendations for improving PHN practice offered by study participants are reported and discussed. DESIGN A cross-sectional written survey was used to collect data from 424 public health nurses in 76(More)
OBJECTIVES Interorganizational collaboration aimed at community health improvement is an expectation of local public health systems. This study assessed the extent to which such collaboration occurred within one state (Wisconsin), described the characteristics of existing partnerships, and identified factors associated with partnership effectiveness. (More)
Collaboration between public health and faith communities is encouraged by national and state policies. The study in this article examined the prevalence, characteristics, and effectiveness of partnerships between faith-based organizations and local health departments in Wisconsin. Data were collected from local health departments using a 2-stage,(More)
PURPOSE Community assessment is a core function of public health. National and state policies encourage local health departments (LHDs) to engage local partners in conducting community assessments. This study examined the prevalence, characteristics, and effectiveness of community assessment partnerships between LHDs and other organizations. METHODS LHDs(More)
Compliance with statutes and rules is a measure of local health department (LHD) performance. This study analyzed compliance rates in one state. High overall compliance rates were found, although gaps existed between measured and expected compliance. Factors associated with lower compliance included lower LHD certification level (characteristic of smaller(More)
Healthy People 2010: Understanding and Improving Health and corresponding state health improvement plans provide roadmaps for planning, monitoring, and evaluating population health improvement in the United States. These documents offer relevant guidance for nursing education because they address health workforce education specifically, use a population(More)
BACKGROUND Local health departments contribute to population health improvement through the core functions of assessment, policy development, and assurance. Their capacity to perform these functions may be affected by funding and staffing. OBJECTIVE To describe local health department funding and staffing levels and determine the relationship between(More)
Public health and other community health nurses frequently serve as preceptors to undergraduate student nurses learning population-based nursing in community/public health practicum courses. The extent of preparation and support for the preceptor role provided by schools of nursing is often limited. One strategy to address this problem is to provide(More)
BACKGROUND A pilot study was conducted to assess the feasibility of using an online continuing education course to increase knowledge and self-efficacy in nurse preceptors who work with student nurses in acute and primary care settings. METHODS A one-group pre- and posttest repeated measures design was used. Pre-course knowledge and self-efficacy were(More)