California/Hawaii Public Health Leadership Institute

Webinar #8

Roles for Public Health Nursing: Addressing the Determinants of Health
Monday, December 13, 2010 | 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific

A project of the Center for Health Leadership & Practice

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    Sheila Proctor, MPH, MS, PHN, RN
    Associate Clinical Professor
    University of California, San Francisco
    (Former Director of Public Health Nursing Planning and Policy and TB Controller, Alameda County Department of Public Health)

    I am currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, in the School of Nursing. I have held this position for four years. Recently I have been promoted to the position of Co-Program Director of the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing. In that capacity I am responsible for functioning the MEPN program, as well as teaching Community/Public Health Nursing and Socio-Cultural Issues in Health and Nursing.

    Previously to my current position, I was the acting Director of Public Health Nursing Planning and Policy and TB Controller for the Alameda County Public Health Department. Prior to that I was the Associate Public Health Nursing Director for Alameda County. Prior to this position I was a consultant to multiple organizations such as the United States Department of Health and Human Services, multiple community clinics and the Alameda Public Health Nursing Professional Performance Committee, etc. I began my Public Health experience as a clinic manager at Mission Neighborhood Health Center. I have a BSN from California State College and a Masters in Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco, and Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.

    I currently belong to several committees at UCSF, including the Masters Evaluation committee; as well, I am an Associate Member of the California Public Health Nursing Directors, where I am the chair of the “Best Practices” workgroup. I also am a member the California Asthma Coalition; and the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators where I am a representative from the organization in the Undergraduate Public Health Learning Outcomes Development Project (UGPH). Resource group member for Domain 2: Intellectual and Practical Skills. I am also the Public Health Nursing representative to the Governing Council of the California Public Health Association – North.

    On a personal note, I have a passion for and commitment to Public Health Nursing. I enjoy teaching the subject and have two goals, one to encourage the student nurses to be able to understand the situation the patient comes from and goes back to when they enter the hospital system,; and the other goal being the spread of this passion and commitment to the field.


    Cathy Drusen, BSN, RN
    Public Health Nursing Director
    Fresno County Department of Public Health
    (Past President, California Conference of Local Health Department Nursing Directors)

    Cathy Drusen has been a practicing public health nurse for the last 29 years. Cathy graduated from San Diego State University with a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing in 1979. She began her career in Public Health in 1982 working as a field nurse until 1988. In 1988 she returned to Fresno State University for a school health credential and worked as a school nurse from 1998-1991 in a rural school district in Tulare County. In 1991 she returned to Public Health as a Supervising Nurse for Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency and progressively promoted to MCAH Director and then to Deputy Director of Clinical Services. She was hired in Fresno County in 2002 as the Public Health Nursing Director, and currently serves as both Nursing Director and Maternal and Child Health Director in Fresno County.

    Deborah Davenport, RN, MS
    Community Health Services
    Los Angeles Co. Dept. of Public Health

    Deborah Davenport is the Director of Community Health Services for Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Health. She directs the operations division of the department responsible for DPH’s 14 health centers as well as nearly 600 staff, including field Public Health Nursing and Public Health Investigation staff. Along with daily operation of public health clinics, field investigations, and community health interventions, Ms. Davenport’s division is responsible for planning and implementing mass prophylaxis and Public Health’s local role in mass care activities for the Department. Prior to her appointment to the position, she served as the Area Health Officer for SPAs 1 & 2, directing Public Health services for the San Fernando, Santa Clarita, Crescenta, and Antelope Valleys and a population of 2.6 million residents in L.A. County. She has an MS degree in Public Administration and is a California licensed RN and Public Health Nurse. She has worked for the department for 29 years, having first worked in the San Fernando Valley and later as Clinical Nursing Director for the Central Health Center in downtown Los Angeles. She has a broad range of experience, including a background in emergency room nursing, public health nursing, managing public health earthquake recovery efforts after the Northridge Earthquake, managing healthcare for the homeless, and in creating partnerships in communities to address a wide array of public health issues such as infant mortality, disaster preparedness, school health, and communicable disease control.

    David Caley, RN, BSN, MPA
    Deputy Director
    Community Health Services
    Los Angeles Co. Dept. of Public Health

    David Caley is Debbie’s Deputy Director of Community Health Services Division for the Los Angeles County DPH and assists with the administration and operation of the14 public health centers. A primary role he is also responsible for is program development. Examples include the Community Liaison Public Health Nurses who are building partnerships with cities, businesses, schools and community groups aimed at providing collaborative community-based health services. He also oversees Emergency Preparedness Public Health Nurses to coordinate city-level emergency planning partnerships with cities and unincorporated areas throughout the County. David represented PH in the first two years of the Baldwin Park HEAC initiative funded by The California Endowment. He was Project Director on a two year social marketing initiative (Youth Activism Against Obesity) working with teenage youth to address obesity related issues in their communities. He has been a nurse for 18 years - 8 of which were in an emergency room/trauma center and 10 years in a variety of PH roles. David also is a PH Nurse and he just completed his Master of Public Administration.


The following documents are PDF versions of the speakers’ presentations and are intended to be used for reference only.

Proctor's Presentation Drusent's Presentation Caley and Davenport's Presentation



Caley and Davenport


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