ADPH recognizes the nursing profession as a valuable component of providing care to the citizens of Alabama. The following is information related to the profession of public health nursing.

Valerie CochranAnnouncing the New Chief Nursing Officer New!

We are pleased to announce that Valerie Cochran, MSN, RN, NE-BC has been appointed to the position of Chief Nursing Officer for The Alabama Department of Public Health.  Mrs. Cochran brings over 28 years of public health nursing experience as well as ten years of experience in maternal/child nursing to the position.  She has served as the Assistant State Nursing Director for the past ten years.  Her knowledge of department policy, protocol and guidelines will aid in moving the Nursing Division forward as the Department focuses on promoting, protecting, and improving the health of individuals and communities of Alabama. 

Nurse's Week 2017 New!

Nurses Week 2017 LogoNurse week is the annual celebration of nurses and the expertise that they bring to the field of health.  Nurses week is held May 6th through 12th.  The American Nurses Association has declared 2017 as the "Year of the Healthy Nurse" under the theme "Nursing:  The Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit".  Public Health Nurses provide invaluable services to the citizens of our state.  Thank you for the care and service that you provide.  If you know a nurse, please encourage and support them as they care for others.  For more information and resources regarding Nurses Week 2007, please visit the American Nurses Association.

Anne M. Smith Public Health Nurse of the Year Award Winner New!

Nurse of the YearThe recipient of the Anne M. Smith Public Health Nurse of the Year Award must exemplify the mission of public health nursing in Alabama, which is "to assure conditions in which individuals, families, and communities can be healthy utilizing the unique expertise of public health nurses to assess, plan and implement, and prevent disease." This year's award recipient is Carol Wilson, RN, Nurse Supervisor for Public Health Area 8.

In support of the ADPH mission, public health nurses are often the first face of representation to perform these duties as well as to selflessly serve as a liaison among patients in the communities and the core decision-makers within public health.  Carol has served 28 years in her nursing career with ADPH as clinic nurse, area nursing director, and nurse supervisor.  "As a person, Ms. Wilson is dedicated, generous, and welcoming.  As a colleague, she is an avid team player.  As a leader, she is a visionary who serves with the same passion that she leads.  "Carol is involved in many community activities, has been a CPR instructor, worked on the ADPH Emergency Response Team, and communicated with any local nurses in the community.  In addition to her other duties, she serves as a preceptor for students in colleges in the area and is involved with the training/mentoring of new employees. 

(Article reprinted from the 61th Alabama Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Health Education Conference Award Program brochure.)

Page last updated: May 11, 2017