Community Public Health/Health Promotion

Welcome from Jen Collins and Christine Wynd Co-Chairs of the Research Interest Group.

Our mission is to support other nurses in their endeavors to enhance community and public health research and nursing. This research group is committed to supporting relevant community based research aimed at informing nursing science, practice, education and policy.

We offer networking opportunities, peer support, and inspiration to others interested in this area of work and research. We encourage all members to participate. We welcome all interested parties in our area of work--researchers, clinicians, academicians, and students to our RIG. Be sure to “sign-up” by logging in to the Members-Only section and choose which RIG(s) to join. There is no fee to participate and you can join up to three RIGs as part of your membership benefits. Just “click” on the topic and the Kellen company will do the rest!

Most recently this RIG has been engaged in conversations and research related to the implications for the evolving environment of healthcare.  Services provided within health care is changing related to efforts to limit hospital acquired conditions, treatment and medication errors, and re-admissions, as stimulated by financial penalties in the Affordable Care Act. Current dialogue related to health care reform has focused primarily on the changing finances of care, less attention is being placed on practice settings for care delivery and this will change. Anticipating the shift from an emphasis on acute care to an emphasis on community health and population focused care and services provides us with the opportunity to examine professional initiatives and education. This RIG has investigated nursing education perspectives with attention given to the community health core competencies, an explicit crosswalk for community health/ public health professional roles, Inter and Intra-professional collaboration as a necessary approach for successful healthcare redesign and the importance of translation research for communities.

Jen Collins, PhD, RN

Thank you for the opportunity to become your new co-chair! My love of community health is strong! I have been very blessed to have worked with experienced, productive community based researchers. My research experience includes pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships that included work on two NIH-RO1 funded cognitive behavioral intervention trials. My clinical background has been in oncology in inpatient, outpatient and community health settings. I have conducted studies using grounded theory and phenomenological approaches, a randomized controlled trial design and instrument development. Studies I have completed included African- and Mexican-American adolescent men regarding their self-care behaviors and romantic relationship processes; Mexican American male and female adolescents and their caregivers in a rural community regarding the prevalence and experience of obesity; young adults who were formerly in foster care regarding their experience seeking healthcare services; and undergraduate nursing students regarding perceptions of addressing trauma in patient populations. I am also the governing councilor captain for the Public Health Nursing section of the American Public Health Association. My mentors have taught me how to build strong relationships with both providers and members of the community. These relationships with individuals in the community have been significant for identification of policy and service priorities as well as for recruitment and retention of individuals from vulnerable populations. I look forward to collaborating with the great minds of the Community Public Health/Health Promotion RIG!

Christine A. Wynd, PhD, RN
Professor and Department Chair, Family and Community Health Nursing
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing
P.O. Box 980567
1100 East Leigh Street
Richmond,  VA 23298-0567
Office: 804-828-1951

Dr. Christine Wynd serves as Professor and Department Chair of Family and Community Health Nursing at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing. She recently moved to Richmond, Virginia to be with family and obtained the department chair position.  Dr. Wynd’s education includes: a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Saint John College of Nursing, Cleveland, Ohio; a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the Ohio State University; and a PhD in Nursing Executive Administration from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Wynd started her nursing career in the United States Navy where she served on active duty for five years and continued her military career in the Ohio Army National Guard as well as the Army Reserve, retiring as a full Colonel in 2001. Her military career included serving as Chief Nurse for two separate Combat Support Hospitals and she was the Reserve representative to the office of the Assistant Chief, Army Nurse Corps.

Dr. Wynd’s career in nursing higher education includes teaching at Case Western Reserve University as well as directing the PhD in nursing program and coordinating the master’s level nursing administration track at the University of Akron, Ohio.  She served for seven years as Dean of Nursing at Ursuline College in Cleveland, Ohio, and President/Dean at the Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Wynd has a passion for historical research and pursues her passion as often as possible; however, her funded research is in the area of interventions for health promotion with an emphasis on smoking cessation. She has many professional journal publications to her credit and has presented her research both nationally and internationally.