The Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (ACHNE) provides a meeting ground for those committed to excellence in community and public health nursing education, research, and practice. ACHNE was established in 1978 and is run by elected volunteer leaders who guide the organization in providing networking through the quarterly newsletter and membership directory, and providing educational opportunities through publications and the annual Spring Institute.
Vision, Mission, Values, Goals
Vision: ACHNE, a leading cadre of Community/Public Health Nurses (C/PHN) education experts, who positively impact the health of local and global communities.
Mission: To promote high quality community/public health nursing through the integration of education, practice, research and service to improve the health of populations which includes individuals, families, groups and communities.
Core Values: Advocacy, citizen and community partnerships, cultural sensitivity and relevance, diverse workforce, health promotion and disease prevention, evidence-based practice, healthy environments, inter-professional collaboration, population-focused practice, and social justice.
Promote diversity in ACHNE and among C/PHN faculty and workforce.
- Execute strategies to have a more inclusive ACHNE membership.
- Develop a diversity related goal for each ACHNE committee.
- Incorporate diversity content in the Annual Institute.
Support the scholarship of teaching/learning in C/PHN education.
- Facilitate mentoring opportunities among ACHNE members.
- Gather and generate evidence on the effectiveness of innovative teaching strategies for C/PHN education.
- Promote educational opportunities related to the scholarship of teaching and learning.
- Incorporate content related to scholarship of teaching/learning at annual institute.
Strengthen partnerships in research, education, clinical practice and service.
- Offer competitive research grants to ACHNE members that focus on unique roles of C/PHN.
- Facilitate collaborative research opportunities among ACHNE members, including interdisciplinary teams and multi-campus initiatives.
- Collaborate with external entities to design, implement and disseminate research focusing on C/PHN topics.
- Include research findings of ACHNE grant recipients at the annual institute.
Advocate for enhanced collaborative activities.
- Increase participation in policy discussions (e.g., Federal initiatives, Institute of Medicine reports, American Association Colleges of Nursing, etc.)
- Facilitate leadership development of C/PHN faculty to support the growth and prominence of ACHNE nationally and globally.