1 California Directors of Public Health Nursing Strategic Plan Last updated: 3/4/2015
2 Last Updated: 3/4/2015 Page 2 of 22 Table of Contents Letter from the DPHN Executive Committee... 3 Introduction... 4 The Role of a Director of Public Health Nursing... 4 About California... 4 Vision, Mission and Values... 6 Strategic Priorities and Goals... 7 Priority Area 1: Health Equity Overview... 7 GOAL 1.1: Increase DPHN Nursing Directors' self report of confidence in their ability to make a difference in the social determinants of health and health equity issues for the population they serve Priority Area 1: Health Equity Action Plan... 8 Priority Area 2: Best Practices Overview GOAL 2.1: Identify PHN best practices to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations Priority Area 2: Best Practices Action Plan Priority Area 3: Workforce Development Overview GOAL 3.1: Promote hiring of a qualified and diverse public health nursing workforce Priority Area 3: Workforce Development Action Plan Priority Area 4: Leadership Overview GOAL 4.1: Build robust membership in DPHN (Northern Region) GOAL 4.2: Communicate and clarify the role and responsibilities of the public health director of nursing (Bay Region) Priority Area 4: Leadership Action Plan References California Public Health Jurisdictions (City and County) Electronic copies of this report may be downloaded from
3 Last Updated: 3/4/2015 Page 3 of 22 Letter from the DPHN Executive Committee Dear Colleagues, It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we present the California Directors of Public Health Nursing (DPHN) Strategic Plan for , which was developed by and for Directors of Public Health Nursing in the 61 public health jurisdictions in California. This strategic plan builds upon the work of the DPHN strategic plan initiated in the fall of 2009, continuing to move us toward achievement of our vision of healthy people in healthy communities through excellence in public health nursing. DPHN s mission is to advance the practice of public health through innovative and effective public health nursing leadership. We encourage each of you to participate actively in the implementation of the goals and objectives listed below. Working together and with our partners, we will continue to increase our positive impact on the contribution nursing makes to public health in California. Sincerely, DPHN Executive Committee EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Past President Pam Dudley, MSN RN PHN San Luis Obispo County President Diane Beetham, MSN RN PHN San Francisco County President Elect Megan Steffy, MSN RN PHN Ventura County South Noël Bazini Barakat, MPH MSN RN PHN Los Angeles County (secretary and editor) Bay Angela M. Ball, MPH RN PHN Alameda County REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES Treasurer Linda Ferguson, BSN RN PHN Central Rose Mary Garrone, BSN RN PHN Fresno County North Tina Venable, BSN RN PHN Plumas County
4 Last Updated: 3/4/2015 Page 4 of 22 Introduction California Directors of Public Health Nursing (DPHN) is a statewide organization of Nursing Directors from the 61 public health jurisdictions in California, established in Due to the large geographic spread of California, DPHN is organizationally divided into four sub regions: North, Central, Bay and South. Of the 61 jurisdictions, 22 are in the Northern region, 15 are in the Central region, 13 are in the Bay region, and 11 are in the Southern region. The sub regions collaborate with one another to achieve common goals and support achievement of DPHN s overall strategic plan. The sub regions meet regularly (typically monthly) and the four regions meet together twice a year. The Role of a Director of Public Health Nursing The Director of Public Health Nursing is an executive level position in a Local Health Department. The Director of Public Health Nursing is recognized as integral to the organization and mandated in the California Code of Regulations and the California Health and Safety Code (California Code of Regulations, Title 17. Public Health, Division 1. State Department of Health Services, Chapter 3. Local Health Service, Subchapter 1. Standards for State Aid for Local Health Administration, Article 3. Personnel, section Director of Public Health Nursing). Public health nursing is the practice of promoting and protecting the health of populations using knowledge from nursing, social, and public health sciences (APHA PHN Section, 2013). The Director of Public Health Nursing plans, organizes, evaluates, and directs nursing staffs in public health jurisdictions. The Director of Public Health Nursing provides advocacy, direction, and support to all nurses regarding nursing scope of practice, professional development, public health emergency preparedness, communicable disease response, and establishes and maintains strategies and processes for achieving population health improvement. About California According to the US Census, California is the most populous state in the Nation with over 38 million residents. California has a diverse population, with over 38% Hispanic, 14% Asian, 7% African American, and 39% White (non Hispanic). Over 27% of California s residents were foreign born and over 43% speak a language other than English at home. California s land area encompasses over 155 thousand square miles, finding itself the third largest state in terms of land area, only behind Alaska and Texas. California s population is approximately 94% urban and 6% rural, including 7 of the 10 most densely populated urbanized areas in the nation (US Census, 2013).
5 Last Updated: 3/4/2015 Page 5 of 22 With such a large and diverse population in California, it is important to assure that the nursing workforce is keeping pace. California requires that any registered nurse (RN) working as a public health nurse be specifically certified by the California Board of Registered Nursing. There are over 390,000 RNs with active licenses in California, 54,000 whom also have a Public Health Nurse certification. Very few less than 4% of California RNs work in Community/Public Health settings (Board of Registered Nursing, 2013). Therefore, it is imperative that DPHN identifies priority goals to assure that California s public health nursing workforce has the leadership, resources, skills and competencies to build a healthier California.
6 Last Updated: 3/4/2015 Page 6 of 22 Vision, Mission and Values Vision Healthy people in healthy communities through excellence in public health nursing. Mission To advance the practice of public health through innovative and effective public health nursing leadership. Values Health Equity: DPHN promotes the attainment of the highest level of health for all people. Leadership: DPHN stands at the forefront to innovate and improve the effectiveness of nursing services and practice within public health. Quality: DPHN promotes use of evidence to inform practice in order assure provision of the highest quality nursing services within public health jurisdictions across the state, and evaluates its effectiveness. Collaboration: DPHN collaborates with organizations at the local, state and national level on matters relating to public health and public health nursing. Advocacy: DPHN advocates for the needs of public health and public health nursing through education and policy development. Diverse and Competent Workforce: DPHN develops and assures knowledge, behaviors, and skills for a competent public health nursing workforce that reflects the diversity of the community it serves.
7 Last Updated: 3/4/2015 Page 7 of 22 Strategic Priorities and Goals Priority Area 1: Health Equity Overview Lead: Southern Region According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to attain his or her full health potential and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances (Brennan Ramirez, 2008). DPHN believes that the role of the nurse in public health is critical in achieving health equity across California cities and counties. Nursing leaders in public health are positioned to design and implement interventions that are known to promote health equity through reducing and/or eliminating health disparities and achieving optimal health for all Californians. DPHN addresses health equity by creating opportunities to build knowledge, skills, and resources for California s public health nursing leadership. GOAL 1.1: Increase DPHN Nursing Directors' self report of confidence in their ability to make a difference in the social determinants of health and health equity issues for the population they serve Conduct an assessment to obtain current knowledge and skills of the DPHN members related to social determinants of health and health equity Develop and implement an action plan based on findings from the assessment Conduct post assessment and evaluation to assess changes in knowledge and skills of the DPHN members related to social determinants of health and health equity.
8 Last Updated: 3/4/2015 Page 8 of 22 Priority Area 1: Health Equity Action Plan Lead: Southern Region GOALS OBJECTIVES ACTIVITIES UPDATE STATUS 1.1 Increase DPHN Nursing Directors' self report of confidence in their ability to Conduct assessment to obtain current knowledge and skills of the By 3/3/2014, develop an assessment tool. 3/3/2014: Southern region developed a survey, which included questions to determine the current knowledge level and skills of DPHN members related to social determinants of health and health make a difference DPHN members equity. Demographic information in the social related to social was gathered to identify regional COMPLETED determinants of health and health equity issues for the population they serve (baseline: 44%). determinants of health and health equity. responses. Additionally, survey questions were grouped into five (5) categories: 1) training, 2) resources, 3) cultural competence, 4) organizational support and engagement, and 5) self efficacy By 3/31/2014, administer the assessment tool to DPHN Directors of Nursing members By 5/31/2014, analyze the results and identify the top 3 gaps areas for opportunities to enhance knowledge and skills. 3/31/2014: Survey implemented. At the time of the survey, 58 of the 61 public health jurisdictions had a Nursing Director representative identified. A total of 48 responses were received from the 58 surveys disseminated, with an overall response rate of 83%. 5/31/2014: Southern region met and reviewed results. Top three gaps identified as: 1. lack of training in three (3) key elements that impact social determinants of health (i.e., policy development, community organizing, and advocacy) 2. lack of resources and tools (i.e., BARHII resources) 3. lack of comfort discussing race/class issues with co workers and senior management) COMPLETED COMPLETED
9 Last Updated: 3/4/2015 Page 9 of 22 Priority Area 1: Health Equity Action Plan Lead: Southern Region GOALS OBJECTIVES ACTIVITIES UPDATE STATUS Develop and implement an action plan based on By 01/01/14, participate in the CDPH Office of Health Equity 7/9/14 (ongoing): Riverside County s Public Health Director of Nursing serves as the DPHN representative to the CDPH Office of Health Equity Advisory Committee and actively findings from Advisory Committee participates and shares resources the assessment. to share resources and best practices with DPHN COMPLETED & best practices to membership. be utilized in the development of the plan By 09/30/14, conduct an evidence based review to identify strategies to address gap areas By 3/30/15, develop plans (e.g., training, resources, tools, materials) for each of the 3 gap areas identified. (target date revised) 9/24/14: Various strategies identified. A document will be developed to link competencies to trainings and resources with plan for training. 7/9/14: Southern region is in the process of doing an evidence based review to identify strategies to address the top three gap areas identified. 3/4/15: A plan has been developed to support: 1. Training in three (3) key elements identified in the survey as priority: policy development, community organizing, and advocacy; 2. Identifying resources and tools to promote health equity in the local jurisdiction (i.e., BARHII resources); 3. Identifying mechanisms to increase comfort discussing race/class issues with co workers and senior management. Plan to be shared with members during fall 2015 conference. COMPLETED COMPLETED
10 Last Updated: 3/4/2015 Page 10 of 22 Priority Area 1: Health Equity Action Plan Lead: Southern Region GOALS OBJECTIVES ACTIVITIES UPDATE STATUS By 3/5/16, Implement and complete plan Conduct post assessment and evaluation to assess changes in knowledge and skills of the DPHN members related to social determinants of health and health equity By 2/28/16, develop an evaluation tool By 3/31/16, administer the assessment and evaluation tools By 6/30/16, analyze and disseminate the results for possible use for future strategic planning process.
11 Last Updated: 3/4/2015 Page 11 of 22 Priority Area 2: Best Practices Overview Lead: Bay Region The demand for Public Health Nurses (PHNs) has grown since the advent of the Affordable Care Act. Now, with the expansion of Medicaid and availability of more affordable health coverage, the ACA has placed increased value on prevention focused interventions. The foundation of the work of any PHN is to protect and promote the health and well being of populations. It is vital that best practices in public health and, specifically, public health nursing be adopted to maximize results in health gains for California residents. Implementation of methods and strategies that have consistently shown desirable results in achieving improvements in health status and nursing practice are a priority for DPHN. As such, DPHN will develop tools and resources to support the adoption of best practice approaches to aid in the improvement of health outcomes for vulnerable populations. GOAL 2.1: Identify PHN best practices to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations Develop tools and resources to support public health nurses in local health jurisdictions with adopting best practices to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations.
12 Last Updated: 3/4/2015 Page 12 of 22 Priority Area 2: Best Practices Action Plan Lead: Bay Region GOALS OBJECTIVES ACTIVITIES UPDATE STATUS /4/2015: Bay region Develop tools and By 3/30/15, identify is on target and will resources to national web based address this by 3/26. support public resources with listings of 9/23/14: On target health nurses in evidence based programs for Spring local health and practices relevant to Conference 2015 in jurisdictions with public health nursing Sacramento, CA. adopting best practice. practices to 9/23/14: On target improve health for May 2015 BAND outcomes for meeting. vulnerable populations. 2.1 Identify PHN best practices to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations By 7/31/15, identify frameworks and tools for: a] assessing community or population needs; b] identifying and/or prioritizing problems and assets; c] selecting and implementing evidencebased strategies and best practice approaches to address the prioritized needs in the context of available resources and community assets By 9/30/15, identify opportunities for collaboration to enhance implementation of best practices and strengthen potential outcomes By 12/31/15, develop a plan for a repository to aggregate identified tools and resources in one place along with a marketing plan to ensure PHNs across the state are aware of this resource.
13 Last Updated: 3/4/2015 Page 13 of 22 Priority Area 2: Best Practices Action Plan Lead: Bay Region GOALS OBJECTIVES ACTIVITIES UPDATE STATUS By 6/30/16, Post repository and contents on DPHN website and communicate availability broadly.
14 Last Updated: 3/4/2015 Page 14 of 22 Priority Area 3: Workforce Development Overview Lead: Central Region Assuring a competent and effective nursing workforce in public health is a top priority for DPHN. The current and future nursing workforce must be adequately prepared for their role in order to fully contribute to achieving optimal health outcomes for Californians. Effective recruitment and retention of highly qualified and diverse nurses in public health continues to be an important variable. Through achievement of this strategic plan, DPHN will develop a PH Nursing Workforce Toolkit to communicate the role of public health nursing to support recruitment efforts. GOAL 3.1: Promote hiring of a qualified and diverse public health nursing workforce Conduct a survey of DPHN membership related to current strategies being used to recruit highly qualified nurses into public health settings Develop a Speakers Toolkit to be used by local public health jurisdictions to communicate the role of public health nursing to support recruitment efforts.
15 Last Updated: 3/4/2015 Page 15 of 22 Priority Area 3: Workforce Development Action Plan Lead: Central Region GOALS OBJECTIVES ACTIVITIES UPDATE STATUS /4/15: completed Conduct a survey By 3/30/15, develop draft survey. of DPHN workforce recruitment 9/23/14: plan is to membership survey. finalize draft to survey related to current (target date revised) by 10/30/14. strategies being used to recruit 4/30/15, administer highly qualified electronic survey to DPHN nurses into public membership. health settings. (target date revised) 3.1 Promote hiring of a qualified and diverse public health nursing workforce Develop a Speakers Toolkit to be used by local public health jurisdictions to cummunicate the role of public health nursing to support recruitment efforts By 9/30/15, analyze survey results and identify successful strategies. (target date revised) By 12/15/15, evaluate strategies based on approaches targeting education level (e.g., elementary, college) By 3/5/16, tier approaches/strategies by education level By 6/1/16, create a database of successful strategies By 6/1/16, develop templates for use by DPHN membership. 3/4/15: will administer survey via survey monkey by 4/15 and report results in fall conference. 9/23/14: plan is to administer the electronic survey by 1/15/15 and present results by the 3/3/15 Spring DPHN Conference and resurvey and clarify as indicated.
16 Last Updated: 3/4/2015 Page 16 of 22 Priority Area 4: Leadership Overview Leads: Northern Region and Bay Region Directors of Public Health Nursing (DPHN) works to build a membership with strong leadership and a strong voice statewide. To that end, a purpose statement will be developed and activities identified to facilitate cohesiveness within DPHN. Through active recruitment of Associate Members, DPHN builds partnerships with others who possess diverse skill sets, hence promoting a strong voice throughout the state and the nation. Laws in the state of California mandate that Public Health Departments have on staff a Director of Public Health Nursing who also supervises the Public Health Nursing staff. A recent review of Bay Area public health directors of nursing job descriptions revealed variation in the role and responsibilities of the director of nursing coupled with the reality that many vacant directors of nursing positions across the state remained unfilled. The creation of a platform statement and a standard public health director of nursing job description would draw attention to the legal mandates, communicate the characteristics of the role, define best practices in education, knowledge, and skills, and certify the quality of the position. GOAL 4.1: Build robust membership in DPHN (Northern Region) Develop a DPHN Associate recruitment and retention plan Build and develop a plan for identifying, welcoming and mentoring new California Directors of Public Health Nursing. GOAL 4.2: Communicate and clarify the role and responsibilities of the public health director of nursing (Bay Region) Finalize a job description (based on initial work by Bay Region), to include the minimum statutory requirements for a director of public health nursing Develop and disseminate a platform statement on the public health director of nursing s roles and responsibilites.
17 Last Updated: 3/4/2015 Page 17 of 22 Priority Area 4: Leadership Action Plan Leads: Northern Region and Bay Region GOALS OBJECTIVES ACTIVITIES UPDATE STATUS 4.1. Build a robust membership in DPHN. (North Region) Develop a DPHN Associate recruitment and retention plan Build and develop a plan for identifying, welcoming and mentoring new California Directors of Public Health Nursing By 6/30/2015, review associate member list and consider other potential members to outreach to and invite to participate By 6/30/2016, write up guidelines for associate members on benefits and values of DPHN membership By 6/30/2015, review new member packet on share drive and update as needed By 6/30/2015, develop a welcome packet and letter By 9/30/2015, identify a mentor from each region to welcome and support new members in the region. 3/4/15: Survey is developed and will be developed in Survey Monkey. Will be sent 9/23/14: considering ways to connect more closely with BSN and MSN Schools of Nursing to promote DPHN. Plan will be to solicit contacts from membership and then survey lead contacts to get input on how best to promote DPHN. 3/4/15: reviewed and made preliminary changes. Will make final electronic changes and post on sky drive. 3/4/15: In progress. 3/4/15: two people from each region will be identified to serve as mentors. Plan in progress.
18 Last Updated: 3/4/2015 Page 18 of 22 Priority Area 4: Leadership Action Plan Leads: Northern Region and Bay Region GOALS OBJECTIVES ACTIVITIES UPDATE STATUS 4.2 Communicate and clarify the role and responsibilities of the Director of Public Health Nursing (Bay Region) Finalize a job description to include the minimum statutory requirements and PHN core competencies for a director of public health nursing By 12/31/13, collect and review Bay Region DPHN job descriptions to create common and non common elements By 6/30/14, research legal mandate for DPHN requirements and PHN Core Competencies for knowledge and skills to include in job description By 8/31/14, present draft of updated job description to Executive Committee for review and comment By 9/30/14, present updated job description to members at Fall Conference for review and comment. 9/23/14: Bay region met and completed the comparative analysis of the various job descriptions. 9/23/14: Bay region researched legal mandates and core competencies. 9/23/14: Exec Committee reviewed the draft at the August exec committee meeting. 9/23/14: Job description placed in Fall Conference packet; Membership reviewed draft job description at Fall Conference Business Meeting on 9/23/14. COMPLETED COMPLETED COMPLETED COMPLETED
19 Last Updated: 3/4/2015 Page 19 of 22 Priority Area 4: Leadership Action Plan Leads: Northern Region and Bay Region GOALS OBJECTIVES ACTIVITIES UPDATE STATUS Develop and disseminate a platform statement on the Public Health Nursing Director s role and responsibilites By 10/31/14, submit revised DPHN job description to Northern Regional Reps for final development By 11/30/14, present final draft of the job description to Executive Committee for review and approval By 12/31/14, distribute final job descriptions to membership by 12/31/ By 6/30/15, create platform statement and present to Executive Committee for review and comment at the 2/2015 Exec Committee meeting. (target date revised) 3/4/15: Bay Area continues to edit the document and submitting to Northern Region today. 9/23/14: Submission of revised document to Northern Regional Representative pending Bay Region s inclusion of membership comments from Fall Conference /4/15: Bay regions developed talking points to support Northern Region in developing platform state. 9/23/14: Bay region meeting hosted in Santa Clara County. By 1/15/15, survey BAND members to provide 3 reasons for why having a standardized DPHN job description is a benefit to PHN. COMPLETED
20 Last Updated: 3/4/2015 Page 20 of 22 Priority Area 4: Leadership Action Plan Leads: Northern Region and Bay Region GOALS OBJECTIVES ACTIVITIES UPDATE STATUS By 3/31/15, present platform statement to members at Spring Conference for review and comment By 4/30/15, present updated draft platform statement to Northern Region for final development. 9/23/14: Submission of revised document to Northern Regional Representative pending Bay Region s inclusion of membership comments from Spring Conference 2015.
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22 Last Updated: 3/4/2015 Page 22 of 22 California Public Health Jurisdictions (City and County) Northern Region Butte County Colusa County Del Norte County Eldorado County Glenn County Humboldt County Lake County Lassen County Mendocino County Modoc County Nevada County Placer County Plumas County Sacramento County Shasta County Sierra County Siskiyou County Sutter County Tehama County Trinity County Yolo County Yuba County Southern Region Imperial County Inyo County Long Beach City Los Angeles County Orange County Pasadena City Riverside County San Bernardino County San Diego County Santa Barbara County Ventura County Central Region Alpine County Amador County Calaveras County Fresno County Kern County Kings County Madera County Mariposa County Merced County Mono County San Joaquin County San Luis Obispo County Stanislaus County Tulare County Tuolumne County Bay Region Alameda County Berkeley City Contra Costa County Marin County Monterey County Napa County San Benito County San Francisco County San Mateo County Santa Clara County Santa Cruz County Solano County Sonoma County Electronic copies of this report may be downloaded from
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