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Rachael McLaughlin
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International

STTI announces new book for practicing nurses and students
Handbook presents strategies for implementing culturally informed nursing into community practices

INDIANAPOLIS – The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) has released a new book for nurses: Healthy Places, Healthy People: A Handbook for Culturally Informed Community Nursing Practice, Second Edition.

Based on the U.S. government’s Healthy People 2020 guidelines and objectives, the book provides realistic strategies and practical advice on effectively mobilizing citizen action for public health. It contains useful tools for gathering, organizing and analyzing community information and facilitates working with citizens and groups to build capacity for a healthy future in communities around the world. The authors, Melanie Dreher, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of Rush University’s College of Nursing, and Lisa Skemp, PhD, RN, chair of gerontological nursing at Our Lady of the Lake College in Louisiana, contend that healthy places are the building blocks for healthy people, and so they systematically explore how public health nurses can work within communities – with leaders and groups – to shift the personal and economic balance from unhealthy to healthy.

The book is written as a guide to cultural competency and is ideal for nursing students at the undergraduate and graduate level as well as practicing nurses who are not familiar with population-based, culturally sensitive nursing practices.

“The goal of Healthy Places, Healthy People is to assist practicing nurses and students in acquiring the core public health leadership competencies of community relationship building, inquiry, assessment, analysis, planning, action, evaluation and persuasion that transcend categorical public health concerns, such as infectious diseases, maternal-child health, environment monitoring and disaster preparedness,” says Dreher, a nurse educator in endography for more than 30 years.

Healthy Places, Healthy People: A Handbook for Culturally Competent Community Nursing Practice, Second Edition
By Melanie Dreher, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Lisa Skemp, PhD, RN
Published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
ISBN: 9781-935476627
Price: US $39.95
Trade paperback, 288 pages
Trim Size: 7 3/8 x 9 1/8
Available at

About the authors
Melanie Dreher, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the John L. and Helen Kellogg dean and professor at Rush University College of Nursing. An educator for more than 30 years, Dreher has taught community assessment, analysis and intervention at Columbia University, University of Miami, University of Massachusetts and University of Iowa. She holds her doctorate in anthropology from Columbia University and Teachers College and has held a visiting professorship at the University of West Indies.

Lisa Skemp, PhD, RN, is currently associate professor of adult and gerontological nursing at the University of Iowa College of Nursing and director of the Global Health Initiative at the Iowa Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence. In 2011, she assumed the endowed chair in gerontological nursing at Our Lady of the Lake College in Louisiana. In 2000, Skemp received the American Public Health Association New Investigator’s Award for her cross-cultural research in the Caribbean, and in 2003, she became a Claire M. Fagin Fellow for her work in rural, community-based healthy aging.

Praise for Healthy Places, Healthy People, Second Edition
Healthy Places, Healthy People, Second Edition is an essential compendium of best practices, evidence-based solutions, tools and formulas for nursing professionals as they engage with stakeholders – from insurance companies to primary care providers to hospital and academic medical centers – to navigate the climate of health care reform on behalf of individuals living in their community.”
-- Dian Traisci-Marandola, MPH, MSN, APRN
Certified pediatric nurse practitioner
Public Health Associates, Consulting
New Milford, Conn.

“If you are looking for a textbook with a fresh, contemporary approach toward working with communities that truly takes into account the multiple determinants of health, this book is for you. Healthy Places, Healthy People, Second Edition, successfully integrates the concepts of community/public health nursing with culture in a meaningful and practical way. As a community health nurse educator with an expertise in culturally informed care, I would use this text for learners at all levels.”
-- Donna Z. Shambley-Ebron, PhD, RN, CTN-A
Associate professor, University of Cincinnati

“Dreher and Skemp’s offering goes beyond the usual community/public health nursing textbook to become a practical and useful guide for making healthy communities a reality. Moving away from health behaviors, the authors focus on the social and environmental determinants of health. This book will be useful for those educators who want to emphasize the role social justice has in creating a healthy society.”
-- Denise Drevdahl, PhD, RN
Associate professor, nursing, University of Washington, Tacoma

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The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at
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