FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Sacred Heart University Professor Linda Strong was recently elected president of the Connecticut Association of Public Health Nurses.
Strong, of Stratford, is the second academic to assume the role in the 10-year history of the organization.
“I’m excited, because it’s a major step for any person to become the president of a state organization,” said Strong. “But more importantly, I’m excited to be able to lead CAPHN into its second decade, to be able to help it continue to grow, to reach even more people and have an even wider positive effect on our field.”
CAPHN was formed to promote the health of populations via a collaboration of public practices and academia. The primary goals of the organization are "to promote standards for public-health nursing, to identify ways to improve the education and utilization of the public nurse work force, to develop partnerships with governmental and service agencies and programs and to educate the public about public health nursing," Strong said in a press release.
“While we’ve had increased student participation every year, we need to encourage the faculty from all the programs of all the schools of nursing in Connecticut to help this grow even further,” Strong said. “We will also be reaching out to such interprofessional colleagues as school health organizations, community health organizations, the occupational health field, pharmacists, health educators and the like to try to establish partnership roles. We are extremely interdisciplinary—we want and need to have an ongoing relationship with the other members of the public health workforce.”
Another imminent goal for CAPHN is further outreach to the community, Strong said in the release.
“We’re looking at more ways of connecting with specific populations that are looking for help in promoting health,” Strong said.
For additional information, Strong can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.