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Updated text serves as top resource for students in public health settings

Third edition of award-winning Sigma book includes revised coverage and a new competency for the Henry Street Model

INDIANAPOLIS – Population-Based Public Health Nursing Clinical Manual: The Henry Street Model has proven to be one of the most widely used texts in public health for nurses at any experience level. The newly released third edition offers updated resources along with the revised 2017 Henry Street Consortium competencies, and the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that address global core public health concerns.  

Focused on developing a competent public health nursing practice in diverse settings, the text builds on the Henry Street Consortium’s framework of 12 competences for population-based, entry-level public health nursing. This full-color, newly designed third edition has completely revised and updated coverage, offering an approach that best meets the needs of public health nursing students.

Authors Marjorie A. Schaffer, PhD, MS, RN, PHN; Patricia M. Schoon DNP, MPH, RN, PHN; and Carolyn M. Porta, PhD, MPH, RN, PHN, SANE-A, FAAN, are three of the top names in public health. In fact, Schaffer and Schoon are founding members of the Henry Street Consortium.

“The vision of the Henry Street Consortium is to build a quality population-based public health nursing workforce to meet the needs of public health practice in the 21st century,” Schoon said. “Its mission is similar, in that it strives to respond to needs for innovation and change in baccalaureate nursing education. This textbook is just one of the many outcomes of this partnership.”

Published by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma), this completely revised third edition features additions such as:

-    Seventeen United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that provide a framework for public health nursing practice
-    A new competency on utilizing principles and science of environmental health to promote safe and sustainable environments for individuals, families, systems, and communities
-    Updated examples demonstrating the growth in public health nursing around the world
-    Theory applications signifying how public health nurses use frameworks to further public health initiatives

The book is available at An instructor’s manual and teaching materials are available to accompany the book. These can be requested by emailing

About the authors
Patricia M. Schoon, DNP, MPH, RN, PHN, is Assistant Professor at Metropolitan State University. She is a founding member of the Henry Street Consortium.

Carolyn M. Porta, PhD, MPH, RN, PHN, SANE-A, FAAN, is Professor and Director of Global Health in the School of Nursing and Adjunct Faculty in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.

Marjorie A. Schaffer, PhD, MS, RN, PHN, is Professor of Nursing Emerita at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a founding member of the Henry Street Consortium.

-    Population-Based Public Health Nursing Clinical Manual, Third Edition: The Henry Street Model for Nurses
-    Patricia M. Schoon, DNP, MPH, RN, PHN; Carolyn M. Porta, PhD, MPH, RN, PHN, SANE-A, FAAN; Marjorie A. Schaffer, PhD, MS, RN, PHN
-    Published by Sigma, 2018
-    ISBN-13: 9781945157554
-    EPUB ISBN: 9781945157561
-    PDF ISBN: 9781945157578
-    MOBI ISBN: 9781945157585
-    Price: US $79.95
-    Soft cover, 528 pages
-    Trim size: 8.5x11

About Sigma
The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 135,000 active members in over 90 countries and territories. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others. Sigma’s more than 530 chapters are located at more than 700 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. Learn more at