Council for Public Health Nursing

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2017 Public Health Nursing Expo
Building a Culture of Health
-Public Health Nurses Making a Difference-
March 6, 2017

Maternal Child Health, Leadership, Local Public Health, Advocacy, School Nursing, Emergency Preparedness, Communicable Disease, Access to Care 

When: March 6, 2017 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Governor’s Office Building,, 200 Madison St, Jefferson City Missouri
Who: Nursing Students and nurses interested in learning more about the field of
public health nursing or learn about how to incorporate population health into your nursing practice.
Cost: FREE

Please plan to join us at this year’s Public Health Nursing Expo, sponsored by the Missouri Council for Public Health Nurses, as we highlight nurses in Missouri who are creating a culture of health in their communities. This event will provide an overview of public health nursing careers and an opportunity for students to speak with public health nurses and potential employers. The speakers will include current hot topics in public health nursing such as Zika, emergency preparedness, and grassroots advocacy. We will feature a panel of public health nurse to speak about their journey in public health nursing.

Coming soon: Exhibitor list



Missouri Council for Public Health Nursing provides leadership, expertise, and advocacy related to public health nursing practice, standards, and issues.


Through excellence in public health nursing practice, public health nurses will be leaders in promoting healthy people in healthy communities.


Missouri will have a strong, dynamic, and competent public health nursing workforce.

Strategic Plan 2016-2012

Strategy One: Assure quality education for current and future public health nurses.


Strategy Two: Advocate for the value of public health nurses.


History & Structure

The Council of Public Health Nursing was established in April, 1997, and the first meeting was held in October, 1997. The CPHN membership was all DHSS staff and the chair was the DHSS public health nursing liaison.

In May, 1999, the CPHN was restructured and expanded to include two standing committees, one representing DHSS and the other representing the local public health agencies (LPHA). The DHSS committee was composed of one representative from each division, center, and district within DHSS, and the LPHA committee was composed of one LPHA nurse from each district.

In July, 2003, the CPHN was again restructured to include greater representation from the LPHAs, and added representatives from nursing education and a public health related organization. An executive board was established with the chair being a representative from a LPHA. The DHSS public health nursing liaison became an ex-officio member of the executive board. The name of the CPHN was changed to Council for Public Health Nursing at this time.