Frontier Nursing University (FNU) is excited to join healthcare organizations across the United States to celebrate National Public Health Week, organized by the American Public Health Association (APHA). This year’s theme for the week is Building Bridges to Better Health.
As the APHA describes, “We may be physically distant from each other, but now it’s more important than ever to come together. Making communities safe and healthy is public health’s top priority. COVID-19 has made that even more important. Even though we won’t gather in person, social media and virtual platforms make it easier than ever for us to connect, create and take action.”
Each day during National Public Health Week, the APHA will focus on a critical health topic and identify ways individuals can make a difference. The daily topics are featured here, along with recent blogs FNU has published throughout the year highlighting these important subjects.
- FNU’s Vision and Mission statement are centered around building up rural and underserved communities. We strive to make our programs as accessible as possible and encourage our students to remain in their communities to serve those in need.
Tuesday: Advancing Racial Equity
- Following the murder of George Floyd, FNU President Susan Stone issued a statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Last month, FNU announced a new course- Introduction to Cultural Safety. This course, now live, is designed to help FNU students and anyone in the health care community gain a better understanding of how to treat patients in Native American communities.
- During virtual events celebrating National Midwifery Week and National Nurse Practitioner Week, FNU included topics of inclusions such as Racial Disparities in Maternity Care and Dismantling Implicit Bias.
Wednesday: Strengthening Community
- Because FNU has a history of distance learning, the school was able to adapt more quickly to the changes of COVID-19. As many schools transitioned to online learning, FNU offered tips for staying connected and how to achieve online learning success.
- FNU extended its Student Emergency Fund to assist students dealing with the economic impacts of COVID-19 so that they could continue their studies and help patients on the frontlines.
Thursday: Galvanizing Climate Justice
- The American Public Health Association has several resources on climate justice and efforts to protect the natural environment. Using #ClimateChangesHealth, the APHA offers fact sheets, COVID-19 resources, and more.
Friday: Constructing COVID-19 Resilience
- FNU has kept an updated COVID-19 page throughout the pandemic with the latest resources, guidelines, and statistics.
- FNU’s Versailles campus became an early vaccination site.
Saturday: Uplifting Mental Health and Wellness
- FNU released a blog earlier this year highlighting the need for mental health practitioners and preceptors (especially during a pandemic).
- During National Nurse Practitioner Week, FNU hosted a free pharmacology CE, Anxiety in Children and Adolescence.
- Throughout the pandemic, FNU has hosted a blog series highlighting the work students and alumni are doing on the frontlines.
Please join FNU in working towards the collective goal of improving the health of our nation! To learn more about National Public Health Week and how you can participate, visit NPHW.org.