Council for Public Health Nursing


The Council for Public Health Nursing (CPHN) was established within the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to address issues that impact public health nursing within the public health system.  The CPHN provides leadership, expertise, and coordination of public health nursing issues including practice, standards, education, and recruitment.


Through excellence in public health nursing practice, public health nurses will be leaders in promoting healthy people in healthy communities.


Council for Public Health Nursing provides leadership, expertise, and advocacy related to public health nursing practice, standards, and issues.


The Council for Public Health Nursing values:

History & Structure

The Council of Public Health Nursing was established in April, 1997, and the first meeting was held in October, 1997. The CPHN membership was all DHSS staff and the chair was the DHSS public health nursing liaison.

In May, 1999, the CPHN was restructured and expanded to include two standing committees, one representing DHSS and the other representing the local public health agencies (LPHA). The DHSS committee was composed of one representative from each division, center, and district within DHSS, and the LPHA committee was composed of one LPHA nurse from each district.

In July, 2003, the CPHN was again restructured to include greater representation from the LPHAs, and added representatives from nursing education and a public health related organization. An executive board was established with the chair being a representative from a LPHA. The DHSS public health nursing liaison became an ex-officio member of the executive board. The name of the CPHN was changed to Council for Public Health Nursing at this time.

Strategic Issues

The CPHN is currently working on the strategic challenge of identifying and promoting the value of public health nursing in the community.

Work groups have been established to work on the following issues:

Council Members

Executive Committee

Lisa Sitler
Chair, Lincoln County Health Department

Stacey White
Chair Elect, Warren County Health Department

Valarie Seyfert
Secretary, Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS)

Sharon Engelman
Member at Large, Jackson County Health Department

Cindy Leuthen
Ex-Officio, DHSS - Center for Local Public Health Services


Pam Bryant
Springfield - Greene County Health Department

Mary Novinger
City of St. Joseph Health Department

Suzanne Cooney
Douglas County Health Department

Jeanine Pagan
DHSS - Bureau of Immunization Assessment & Assurance

Vanessa Davis
St. Louis County Department of Health

Michelle “Shelly” Reynolds
St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment

Sharon Dowell
Linn County Health Department

Reantha “Roni” Seaman
DHSS - Bureau of Special Health Care Needs

Cora Elrod
Adair County Health Department

Diane L. Smith
College of the Ozarks, Department of Nursing

Mary Fete
University of Missouri -
Columbia Sinclair School of Nursing

Jody Spiess
St. Louis County Department of Health
Linda Garner
Southeast Missouri State University

Trina Teacutter
Columbia-Boone County Department of Public Health & Human Services

Dianne Holzum
Bollinger County Health Department

Mary Telthorst
Cole County Health Department

Shawnna Jackson
Independence City Department of Health
Mary Traver
Johnson County Community Health Services
Jami Kiesling
DHSS - Bureau of Genetics & Healthy Childhood