APHN's Commitment to Equity, Inclusion, Fairness and Respect

The Association of Public Health Nurses’ commitment to equity, inclusion, fairness and respect for human dignity are cornerstones of our professional practice.  According to the ANA Code of Ethics, Interpretive Statement 8.2, “Ethics, human rights and nursing converge as a formidable instrument of promoting social justice and human diplomacy that can be amplified by collaboration with other health professionals….  Human rights must be diligently protected and promoted…..”

Promoting and protecting the health of populations using knowledge from nursing, social, and public health sciences is the backbone of PHN Practice.   When issues arise that threaten these longstanding tenets of our profession, we believe we must work purposefully to resolve them and uphold the principles that guide our work.

Our country has reached the grim milestone of over 112,000 deaths from COVID-19. A disproportionate burden in essential service provision, illness and death has been borne by Black, Latinx, Immigrant and Indigenous peoples as a result of this virus. These disparities cannot be explained by differences in co-morbidities, education, or income. In addition, we have witnessed the outrage, indignation and fear expressed all across the world fueled by the searing videotaped images of a Black man – George Floyd-  being killed before our very eyes by a member of law enforcement.

The system of racism is killing, injuring and disenfranchising  people.  Racism is a public health emergency. Each one of us is part of the system and we have a professional and ethical duty to make positive changes. The way we change the system is to work to dismantle it.


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Public Health Nursing 3.0

The mission of Public Health 3.0 is to ensure the conditions in which everyone can be healthy, by expanding the focus on social and environmental determinants of health to achieve health equity. Communities across the country are demonstrating how this can be achieved, with local governmental public health in the lead and with public health nurses playing important roles.  This is Public Health Nursing 3.0!  Join and engage in APHN to learn more and advance your PHN 3.0 practice.


Rear Admiral Aisha K. Mix






Greetings Public Health Nurse colleagues,

In other circumstances, I would have been finalizing my remarks to address you during the APHN Annual Meeting. As we are all consumed right now by the global COVID-19 response, I want to instead convey my gratitude and appreciation for the work that you all are doing. Your engagement as public health nurses in states, territories, tribal nations, and within local jurisdictions across the country is invaluable.

Nationwide, there are continued efforts to decrease the spread of disease and avoid outpacing hospital capacity. Public health nurses have a vital role in community-based strategies that are an integral part of this comprehensive plan. You have a keen understanding of the unique challenges facing your populations and I encourage you to be the people’s voice and advocate to ensure that the needs of the whole community are considered. It is especially important to develop and implement strategies that identify and reach those who are most vulnerable and at-risk for adverse outcomes.

As you continue to adjust your programs and practices in response to the pandemic, please continue to rely on – and contribute to the development of – guidelines for healthcare professionals. A resource providing current information on COVID-19 is the CDC website: www.coronavirus.gov. Share best and promising practices while also considering later contribution to the larger nursing body of knowledge through publication.

During the 2019 APHN Annual Conference, Dr. Carole Myers challenged us all to “claim your expertise”. I’ve carried that message with me ever since and amplify it at every opportunity. The WHO identified 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife and there is no time better than the present to claim and leverage public health nursing expertise.

Stay safe, be well, and do not forget to take good care of yourselves with all the fervor with which you care for others.

Very respectfully,

Aisha K. Mix, DNP, MPH, RN, NHDP-BC
Rear Admiral, U.S. Assistant Surgeon General
Chief Nurse Officer, U.S. Public Health Service



 APHN Seeks Founding Organizational Partners

APHN has created opportunities for organizations to join forces with APHN as founding organizational sponsors, to support and enhance the work of APHN to advance 21st Century Public Health Nursing Practice. Click here for information about organizational sponsorship opportunities. Commit your partnership today!

APHN Seeks Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of APHN’s 2021 Annual Conference, “Moving from Data to Action: Evidence-Based Public Health Nursing.”  Additional details and registration for sponsors and exhibitors is available here