Nurses can build better community health strategies with newly updated how-to guide

STTI book helps providers understand their communities to improve their health

Julie Adams, Director, Marketing and Communications
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International 

INDIANAPOLIS — Providers within the U.S. healthcare system continually work to improve the quality of community health, but nurses can often be relegated to support roles. The newly revised Healthy Places, Healthy People, Third Edition, published by The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), builds a compelling case that nurses can lead the change to providing the highest quality of patient care by working with their communities to understand specific cultures and healthcare needs.   

The newest edition of this popular book offers a detailed look at the differences and complementarities of ethnography and epidemiology, as well as updates on the national agenda Healthy People 2020, the Patient Protections and Affordable Care Act of 2010, and Joint Commission requirements that help nurses provide culturally sensitive care. Authors Lisa E. Skemp, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, Melanie C. Dreher, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Susan P. Lehmann, MSN, RN, provide updated information on community and public health as they guide students and experienced nurses alike through the core public health leadership competencies.

A well-crafted strategy enables public health workers to mobilize citizen action, working with groups and individuals to build capacity for health equity and, ultimately, a healthier future. 
Healthy Places, Healthy People, Third Edition provides realistic strategies and practical advice -- everything current and future nurses need to prepare, gather, organize, and analyze the basic community information needed to create an effective public health strategy. 

 “Healthy places are the building blocks for healthy people,” Skemp said. “The capacity of communities to assure a robust physical and social environment will promote and protect the health of their citizens.”

The book is available at
Healthy Places, Healthy People, 3rd ed.
Lisa E. Skemp, PhD, RN; Melanie C. Dreher, PhD, RN, FAAN; Susan P. Lehmann, MSN, RN Published by STTI, 2016
ISBN-13: 9781940446660
EPUB ISBN: 9781940446677
PDF ISBN: 9781940446684
MOBI ISBN: 9781940446691
Price: US $49.95
Trade paperback, 336
Trim size: 7 3/8 x 9 1/8
About the author

Lisa Elaine Skemp, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, is professor and chair for the Department of Health Systems, Leadership, and Policy at Loyola University Chicago. Skemp received the American Public Health Association New Investigator’s Award for her cross-cultural research in the Caribbean and is a Claire M. Fagin Fellow for her work in rural community healthy aging. 

Melanie Creagan Dreher, PhD, RN, FAAN, is dean emeritus of Rush University College of Nursing. An educator for more than 40 years, Dreher has received many awards for her contributions to the health of communities, including a citation from the U.S. ambassador for her community development work in Jamaica.

Susan Primm Lehmann, MSN, RN, is Assistant Professor (clinical) at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. She is creator and director of the Young Community Nurse Clinician Program, an extracurricular mentorship program for talented nursing students considering a career in community and public health nursing. 


The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 510 chapters are located at approximately 706 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at