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Oct. 29, 2012
The 140th Annual American Public Health Association (APHA) Meeting & Exposition is being held in San Francisco, Calif. this week, where all of Rush's public health nursing faculty will be presenting. This APHA meeting is the oldest and largest gathering of public health professionals in the world, attracting more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists and related health specialists. APHA's meeting program addresses current and emerging health science, policy and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health.
Pamela Levin, PhD, APHN-BC, will present “Mindfulness Interventions to Reduce Stress in Nursing Personnel,” where she will discuss the evidence supporting mindfulness-based stress reduction programs with worker populations.
Susan Swider, PhD, APHN-BC, will speak on two topics: “Promoting the Health of the Public via Strategic Academic-Practice Partnerships,” and “Advancing Public Health Nursing Practice: Achieving Competency & Certification.”
Sarah Ailey, PhD, RNC, will present “STEPS: Steps to Effective Problem Solving in Group Homes, where she will identify consequences of aggressive/challenging behaviors for individuals with intellectual disabilities and describe outcomes of a pilot of the STEPS program in group homes.
Diane McNaughton, PhD, APHN-BC, will present “Feasibility Design in Prevention Research: A Case Example.” This session will focus on design and measurement issues in feasibility research, and challenges in implementing and evaluating a feasibility study.
Monique Reed will participate in the roundtable session. "Little Help from My Peers: Community-Based Organizations Mentoring Each Other in Building Organizational Capacity for CBPR."
Levin and Swider will also debut their Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN) video at the conference’s 9th annual film festival. Organized by the PHEHP Section’s Health Communication Working Group and the International Health Section, it is the nation’s first and only film festival dedicated to public health. The video, titled “Making a Difference: Advanced Public Health Nursing Practice,” focuses on key aspects of the advanced public health nurse's role, as well as career options for nurses with an APHN degree.

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