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Association of Public Health Nurses (APHN)


The Association of Public Health Nurses (APHN) (previously the Association of State and Territorial Directors of Nursing) began in 1935 as an advisory group of state health department nurses. APHN continues today as an active association of public health nursing leaders from across the United States and its Territories. Our mission is to protect and promote the health and safety of the public through public policy efforts, leadership development, and advocacy for the preparation, practice and role of public health nursing.

APHN is pleased to support the Million Hearts™ initiative by encouraging public health nurses to get involved in Million Hearts™ and promote the initiative to their State and local health officers and department staff. APHN nurses will be urged to promote healthy diets and physical activity, support smoke-free environments and efforts to increase the number of smoke free facilities, parks and recreational areas and apartment buildings, provide blood pressure screening, and identify and ensure access to care for individuals at cardiac risk. APHN will also include components of the Million Hearts™ initiative in appropriate APHN funding opportunities, specifically those addressing prevention and chronic disease such as diabetes, obesity and other cardiac risk areas.

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