The Association of State and Territorial Directors of Nursing (ASTDN) has longRead the paper
espoused the values of health equity and social justice. In May 2006, the
Association convened its members and an invited panel of community experts in a
series of explicit learning opportunities and conversations to revive and rededicate
ourselves as state-level public health nursing leaders to the elimination of health
inequalities and disparities in the United States and its Territories. Many of the
concepts and suggestions described as Public Health Nursing roles, responsibilities
and obligations were identified through that and subsequent discussions.
This paper is an outgrowth of ASTDN’s commitment to the elimination of health
disparities and the achievement of health equity for all, and underscores the
important role public health nurses play in eliminating inequities in health. Its
purpose is to inspire public health nurses to serve as leaders and major contributing
forces in the elimination of health inequities in the United States and its Territories.