California Directors of Public Health Nursing
The Directors of Public Health Nursing (DPHNs) from California county and city health departments, also known as local health jurisdictions (LHJs), have been meeting since 1952. Initially, these meetings were financed by the State Health Department – and jointly planned by the State Bureau of Public Health Nursing and the local DPHNs. The meetings originally focused on public health nursing administration issues.
In 1962, the California Conference of Local Health Officers (CCLHO) passed a resolution to create statewide affiliates among the LHJs administrative personnel. The existing nursing directors group proposed a structure that is today the Directors of Public Health Nursing (DPHN), formerly known as the California Conference of Local Health Departments Nursing Director’s (CCLHDND).
With the elimination of the State Bureau of Public Health Nursing in the early 1970’s, DPHN established membership dues and sought financing through other mechanisms to continue the effort of advocating for, and advancing public health nursing practice, in the state of California.
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Join the Directors of Public Health Nursing
There are multiple opportunities to join the Director's of Public Health Nursing based on your role in your Local Health Jurisdiction (LHJ) or your level of interest in Public Health Nursing.Members in DPHN include the Directors of Public Health Nursing or designated professional who fulfills the requirements under Title 17- Director of Public Health Nursing. This individual represents the interests of Public Health Nursing in a local health jurisdiction (LHJ).
Associate membership in the DPHN organization is open to individuals who are interested in supporting the goals of the organization, such as public health nurses, nurse educators, and retired Public Health Nursing Directors.
There are 5 categories of Associate Membership: