Public Health Nursing Workforce Symposium

Tue June 21, 2016

On May 20th the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, together with the California Action Coalition, HealthImpact, the California Association of Colleges of Nursing and the California Directors of Public Health Nursing, held a day-long symposium to discuss the future public health nursing workforce.

Over 120 attendees spent the day learning from one another and sharing innovative approaches to preparing the next generation of nurses to meet the health care needs of communities. The audience, made up of nurses and stakeholders from public health, academia, practice and community based organizations, focused on the understanding that public health nurses are critical to building healthier communities throughout California. The symposium included oral and poster presentations that provided the backdrop for lively discussions aimed at exploring collaborative efforts and partnerships necessary to ensure a future public health nursing workforce.

The symposium was conceived by Noël Bazini-Barakat, RN, MSN, MPH, Nursing Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, as part of her project as one of California’s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Health Nurse Leaders. Sherylin Taylor, RN, PHN, Nursing Director, Lake County Department of Public Health California, is our state’s second Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Health Nurse Leader. Sherylin debuted a rural public health nurse recruitment video in Los Angeles that she created as part of her project.

Noël and Sherylin will work with the California Action Coalition and HealthImpact as we prepare for several regional meetings focused on building healthier communities that will take place later this year. For questions, please contact Mary Dickow at