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ASTDN Executive Director June 2011-April 2012. Karen O’Brien, DNP, MN, RN. Executive Director Focus Areas. Business Management Resource Development Grants ASTHO Liaison Strengthening Existing and Building National Partnerships. Business Management.

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executive director focus areas
Executive Director Focus Areas
  • Business Management
  • Resource Development
  • Grants
  • ASTHO Liaison
  • Strengthening Existing and Building National Partnerships
business management
Business Management
  • Officer and Director Liability Insurance (includes independent contractors) July 1, 2011-12
  • Business Planning Retreat September 2011

APHL in Silver Springs, Maryland

  • Collaboration with CPA & Executive Board to transition toward APHN and nonprofit c)3
  • Secured Attorney to assist with APHN Incorporation, bylaws, resolution and nonprofit
resource development
  • ASTHO/ACA partnership on The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide)
  • ASTHO/CDC partnership on Community Health Improvement Project
  • RWJF PH Services and Systems Research (University of Minnesota with Linda Olson Keller)
  • The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) CDC Cooperative Agreement (Quad Council)
grants awarded or pending
Grants Awarded or Pending
  • HRSA grant awarded to Rush University with ASTDN participation $10,000 March/2012- 2014
  • The University of Michigan RWJF Enumeration and Characterization of PHN project $29,280 April-Oct ‘12
  • National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

$199,405 (pending) Oct/2012-Sept/2013

  • RWJ Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action Research Agenda $337,595 (pending) ACHNE

Enumeration and Characterization of the Public Health Nursing Workforce

2 on-line survey instruments:

1. Organizational Public Health (state and local) Governmental agencies in all 50 states

(lead ASTDN member in each state)

2. Individual PHN- in state and local agencies



RWJF- University of Michigan subcontracted with ASTDN to assist with marketing, dissemination and follow-up to increase response rate

  • Attend QUAD Council organization meetings in May and June 2012 to engage partners, deliver announcements and provide marketing materials
  • National PH organizations will be contacted (ASTHO, NACCHO, PHN Section-APHA, ACHNE, and ANA)
  • Incentives will be offered
astho affiliate
ASTHO Affiliate
  • ASTHO Affiliate or ASTHO Government Relations weekly meetings
  • ASTHO Affiliate and ASTHO annual meeting in Portland, Oregon October 18-21, 2011
  • Public Health and Primary Care Strategic Mapping Session July 25-26, 2012 at the ASTHO Offices in Arlington, VA
  • ASTHO Health Equity Workgroup Juanita Graham
letters of support 2011
Letters of Support-2011
  • May/ June WIC FY12 funding, National Public Health Information Coalition, and Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs
  • JulyAPRN Reducing Regulatory Burden, Nursing Community brochure, and the Safe Chemicals Act
  • August Medicare Home Healthcare HR 2267, and Medicaid Advanced Practice Nurses Act S 56
letters of support 20111
Letters of Support- 2011
  • September: ASTHO Prevent Block grant
  • October: Letter to President Obama and to the “Super Committee” for support of the nursing profession in the FY 13 budget; DHHS in support of provider neutral language; QUAD Council support to AACN for CDC funding
  • December: Marilyn Tavenner, RN Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
letters of support 2012
Letters of Support-2012
  • Senate and House Appropriations for 302 (b) allocation to DHHS within the Budget Control Act
  • Joining Forces with First Lady Obama and ANA to encourage nurses to provide care to returning service military and families with warning signs for Post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury
letters of support 20121
Letters of Support-2012
  • DHHS Secretary Sebeliusto ensure the National Plan to address Alzheimer’s disease includes public health
  • Title V Maternal Child Health Services support for Block Grant Funding to Senate and the House Appropriations Committees
  • Title VIII Public Health Service Act; increased funding for Nursing Workforce Development in FY 2013 to the US President, House of Representatives, and Senate
  • ANA: Participated with Glynnis in an interview resulting inThe American Nurse articles Sept/Oct 2011 and Jan 2012 on the National Prevention Strategy; call with Karen Daley, ANA President
  • RWJ: Public Health Nursing Workforce Advisory Committee and the RWJF Forum on the Future of Public Health Nursing February 7 – 8, 2012 in Princeton, New Jersey.
  • CDC: Three follow up conference calls with Judy Monroe, CDC Deputy Director. Purpose: relationship building and CDC program contacts.
committees workgroups

Tom Engle, Juanita Graham, Ramona Rusinak, and Michelle Cravetz

  • COMMUNICATIONS- Glenda Kelly

website contractor interviews

members only link

  • BYLAWS COMMITTEE- John Hankins
lessons learned
  • We are a National Voice for Public Health Nursing
  • Relationships bring opportunities, and
  • It takes risk to embrace opportunity
  • Patience is a virtue
  • A team of diverse individuals make the best decisions
  • The Role of the PHN is evolving and so is our National Organization