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Public Health Nursing: Policy

A guide for the public health nursing classes

APHA: American Public Health Association

APHA: Policy Statement Database - Policy Statements beginning in 1948 to the present are available in our Policy Statement Database. You can search the database by year, policy number or keyword.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

FERPA:  The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)


HIPPA :  The Office for Civil Rights enforces the HIPAA Privacy Rule, which protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information; the HIPAA Security Rule, which sets national standards for the security of electronic protected health information; the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule, which requires covered entities and business associates to provide notification following a breach of unsecured protected health information; and the confidentiality provisions of the Patient Safety Rule, which protect identifiable information being used to analyze patient safety events and improve patient safety.

Kaiser Family Foundation

Kaiser Family Foundation

A leader in health policy analysis and health journalism, the Kaiser Family Foundation is dedicated to filling the need for trusted information on national health issues.

Kaiser is a non-profit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy.  Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own policy analysis, journalism and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with major news organizations. We serve as a non-partisan source of facts, analysis and journalism for policymakers, the media,  the health policy community and the public. Our product is information, always provided free of charge — from the most sophisticated policy research, to basic facts and numbers, to in depth health policy news coverage provided by our news service, KHN, to information young people can use to improve their health or the general public can use to understand the health reform law.

Project Vote Smart

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health.

Since 1972, we have worked to identify the most pressing health issues facing America. We believe that good health and health care are essential to the well-being and stability of our society and the vitality of our families and communities.

Our work is guided by a fundamental premise: We are stewards of private funds that must be used in the public’s interest.

Together with our grantees and collaborators, we strive to bring about meaningful, lasting change—with the goal of building a Culture of Health that enables all in our diverse society to lead healthier lives, now and for generations to come.

The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

FDA:  FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation

Health in all Policies

Health in all Policies: “Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments” was written by the public health facilitators
of the California Health in All Policies Task Force and is geared toward state and local government leaders
who want to use intersectoral collaboration to promote healthy environments. There are many different
ways to support intersectoral collaboration for health, and the guide provides a broad range of perspectives
and examples.

Nursing & Health Sciences Librarian