Academic-Practice Partnership in Public Health Nursing: Working with Families in a Village-Based Collaboration




Rebecca A. Davis, and Diane Travers Gustafson

Brief Type

Journal publication


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Objectives: The purpose of this program development and evaluation project was to promote healthy families and communities by creating academic-practice partnerships, educating BSN students and building family-nursing student partnerships that were supported by a “village” of interconnected resources. Design and Sample: A mixed-methods design was used for the project. Data were collected from a convenience sample of vulnerable families, BSN students engaged in PHN practica, and partner members. Measures: Nine tools were developed to capture data over two semesters including a GIS mapping strategy. Results: One hundred and seventy-five home visits were completed with 20 families, 14 of whom needed interpreter assistance. Families reported satisfaction with the quality of home visits, education, and assistance toward health goals. Fifty-three students provided 202 educational interventions, 39 community resource connections, and 46 care transitions. Students reported linking theory with practice and valued the PHN practicum experience. Academic-practice partners identified opportunities for program development and sustainability. GIS mapping illustrated complex family linkages to community resources. Conclusions: Results suggest that young, vulnerable families benefit from public health nursing (PHN) home visits, but sustaining home visit programs is challenging. Academic-practice partnerships can guide students and families partnered in a reciprocal relationship with village resources. (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

  • Focus groups
  • Site visits
  • Surveys or questionnaires



For More Information

Davis, R. A., & Travers Gustafson, D. (2014). Academic‐practice partnership in public health nursing: Working with families in a village‐based collaboration. Public Health Nursing, 32(4), 327-338. https://doi.org/10.1111/phn.12135
Author Contact Information:
Rebecca E. Davis


  • Participant, Family, and Program Outcomes
  • Program Quality, Continuous Quality Improvement, and Fidelity