Public Health: A Nurse’s Perspective
It’s Public Health Nurse week, a week focused on shedding light on the important work of public health nurses throughout America. A public health nurse is charged with examining the choices people make about their health and addressing risk factors. In honor of this week, Huffington Post features an anecdote from a public health nurse, Paula Wilson:
As a Public Health Nurse myself, I’m in the trenches everyday dealing with illnesses that reflects society’s struggle to make healthy choices and create policies that support and sustain them.
In my role as Hypertension Clinical Coordinator for the Home-Based Intervention for African Americans Project at VNSNY, I’m charged with helping patients make healthier choices about the food they eat, the exercise they get (or don’t get), and the way they communicate with their doctors.
You can read Paula’s story here. Her work touches upon some of the important services that will be provided by a regional health department (education about nutrition and physical activity, immunizations, etc.).
To learn more about the effort to establish a Lehigh Valley Health Department, visit RenewLV’s Regional Health Initiative page.