ANCBH: Projects and Research
Community-based blood pressure screening, education, and referral program
The American Heart Association and the Association of North Carolina Boards of Health (ANCBH) established in September 2022 a community-based blood pressure screening, education, and referral program in collaboration with local health departments in Guilford and Forsyth counties (Triad) to provide cardiovascular self-management options due to the lack of community education and wellness centers in communities. This effort addresses access to health promotion and cardiovascular disease prevention. Read more about this successful project that deployed trained Lay Health Advisors and site leaders utilizing evidence-based practices and programs to assist with educating participants on health and wellness for improving health.
Public Health Nurses Conference - Our Nurses, Our Future: You Make a Difference
ANCBH saw the clear need to celebrate and acknowledge the work of Public Health Nurses in NC. Nurses from all public health departments in North Carolina were invited for a day of teaching, training, celebration, fun, and fellowship. More than 200 public health nurses attended the conference on May 5, 2023 in Greensboro.
Public Health nurses throughout NC have been heavy-lifters during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly from 2020 through 2022, yet continuing even now. Many nurses have experienced long work hours, new duties, challenging responsibilities, family interruptions, stress, threats, and even burnout. We determined that one way of showing nurses that we are aware and empathetic to their recent plight is to sponsor this one-day “get away” motivational event addressing career mental and emotional health. The key message of resilience and growth was addressed by multiple speakers, interactive exercises, and role-play in break-out sessions over the course of the day. One highlight of the conference was “Stories from the Field: How I Survived the Pandemic as a Public Health Nurse” presented by a panel of 4 nurses.
This program was offered through a collaboration between the Association of North Carolina Boards of Health, the North Carolina Association of Public Health Nurse Administrators, the North Carolina Public Health Association, and the Office of the Chief Public Health Nurse/Public Health Nurse Institute for Continuing Excellence.