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.

Saying Farewell to the Chief Nursing Officer 

We would like to wish Valerie Cochran, MSN, RN, NE-BC congratulations on her retirement. Mrs. Cochran has worked for the Alabama Department of Public Health for 29 years and 4 months. During that time she has been a proponent of public health and public health nursing.  She will be gretly missed!

Kaye MelnickAnnouncing the New Assistant Chief Nursing Officer 

We are pleased to annouce that Kaye Melnick, BSN, RN has been named Assistant Chief Nursing Officer for the Nursing Division of the Alabama Department of Public Health. Mrs. Melnick brings to this position 17 years of experience in the fields of school health, children with special health care needs, and health care policy and benefits. She has served as a Director of Nursing, Director of Case Management and a Nurse Supervisor. We are glad to have Mrs. Melnick as part of the ADPH Nursing Workforce.  Welcome aboard Kaye!

Anne M. Smith Public Health Nurse of the Year Award Nomination Now Open 

Nominations for the Anne M. Smith Public Health Nurse of the Year Award are now open. The Anne M. Smith Excellence in Public Health Nursing Award, is give to a nurse who exemplifies the mission of public health nursing in Alabama, which is to ensure conditions in which individuals, families, and communities can be healthy utilizing the unique expertise of public health nurses to assess, plan, and implment programs which promote health and prevent disease. Nominees must have served at the county, area, or state level for at least 5 years and be involved in the community beyond expectations of employment. Nominations will be received through Thursday, March 1, 2018. The nomination form should be submitted along with three letters of support to the Awards Committee. See Nomination Form for more information.  

Page last updated: February 26, 2018