Massachusetts Association of Public Health Nurses (MAPHN) is the Official State Organization for Public Health Nurses. MAPHN efforts for Massachusetts residents have historically included advocacy efforts and initiatives on immunization policy, practice, and education. Members of MAPHN represent 351 cities and towns across the Commonwealth. With that comes an experienced and knowledgeable workforce dedicated to reducing vaccine preventable diseases.
Public Health Nurses collaborate with community partners within their individual communities with resources from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. We are able to identify vaccine preventable disease risk; provide outreach, education, health promotion of prevention strategies with adult immunizations; and vaccination. Today, this cornerstone of Public Health Nursing is essentially the same as it was 100 years ago.
Most recognized for annual “flu clinics”, MAPHN members exercise opportunities to access vaccine for the public they are charged to protect. This is done through state vaccine allocations, insurance reimbursements, and other initiatives in the effort to provide Massachusetts residents affordable, accessible protection against vaccine preventable disease including shingles, pneumonia, pertussis, and hepatitis. MAPHN nurses are the local resource for all things vaccine and share these efforts to enhance the adult immunization rates throughout the Commonwealth.
At this moment, MAPHN nurses all over Massachusetts are seeking the available opportunities to be in the best position possible to render public health nursing services, including adult immunizations, for every Massachusetts resident in need. For more information on MAPHN and membership, please visit their website.