FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             Connecticut Department of Public Health

April 21, 2011                                                           Contact: William Gerrish

                                                                                  (860) 509-7270


Hartford - The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), in collaboration with the Connecticut Association of Public Health Nurses and the Connecticut Partnership for Public Health Workforce Development, will hold a conference for nurses and nursing students on Yale’s West Campus on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. 


The one-day conference, Legends of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Public Health Nursing in the 21st Century, will feature reflections from some of the state’s distinguished nursing leaders, innovative health promotion activities from local health nurses, practice considerations from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action initiative, and nursing student poster presentations.


Guest speakers include:

·         Linda Schwartz, RN, MSN, DrPH, FAAN, Commissioner, Department of Veterans


·         Ruth Knollmueller, RN, PhD,  retired Public Health Nurse and Nurse Educator

·         Judy Sartucci, RN, MSN, Public Health Nurse Consultant

·         Barbara Guthrie, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic

         Affairs, Yale School of Nursing

·         Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, RWJF Initiative Steering Committee

·         Carol Bergeron, RN, PhD, Executive Director, CT Nurses Association

·         Marcia Proto, MEd. CAS, Executive Director, CT League of Nurses

·         Carol Steinke, RN, BSN, Hartford Department of Health and Human Services

·         Lysa Rodriguez, RN, BSN, Stamford Health Department


This workshop is for nurses working in public health roles, nurse educators, students interested in public health practice, and other nursing leaders in Connecticut. Continuing education units are available. Those interested in attending must register on TRAINConnecticut at (search for course ID: 1026583) or call the DPH Local Health Administration Branch at (860) 509-7660. For additional information, please go to


The Connecticut Department of Public Health is the state’s leader in public health policy and advocacy with a mission to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of our state.  To contact the department, please visit its website at or call (860) 509-7270.