The Bureau of Community Health Nursing consist of advanced practice masters and doctorate degree prepared Public Health nurses, whose specialty is Maternal and Child Health. These Public Health nurses provide a critical link between epidemiological data and clinical understanding of health and illness, and have been at the core of public health delivery services to the residents of Illinois since the creation of the Illinois Department of Public Health in 1877.

The mission of the Bureau is to provide Public Health nursing service that is population based, collaborative and emphasizes education and training services, advocating disease prevention, health promotion, directed toward the reduction of infant mortality, teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases among populations at risk

Under the direction of the Bureau Chief for Community Health Nursing, Public Health Nurses function as Consultants in five regions of the State of Illinois. Their scope of practice is promoting and protecting the health of populations using a body of knowledge from nursing, epidemiology, social, behavioral, and public health sciences. Additionally Nursing practice involves environmental health, current treatment modalities, healthcare options, healthcare policy, and research. According to the American Nurses Association, Public Health nursing practice is distinguished from other nursing specialties by the adherence to Standards of Care and Standards of Professional Performance.


The model for Public Health Nursing Practice is the theoretical framework for the Bureau of Community Health Nursing. It combines the art and science of nursing with Standards of Care that provide direction to include assessment, diagnosis, outcome identification, planning, intervention and evaluation. Standards of Care are mandated by Federal administrative law, state regulations including the MCH code. Public Health Nurse Consultants apply these standards to the provision of clinical oversight, and management of Community Health and Prevention medical programs, in conducting confidential medical chart reviews, evaluation of client assessment, individualized care plan development, and the overall coordination of medical care. Standards of Professional Performance focuses on quality of health care delivery, performance appraisal, education, and collegiality for professional growth Medical programs include:

The Bureau of Community Health Nursing is responsible for integrating clinical expertise by providing consultation, health education, training and technical assistance to all Community Health and Prevention programs. The purpose of integration is to strengthen partnerships between Bureaus, Departments, and programs, as well as improve knowledge and understanding of health and disease prevention, in order to enhance well being, and service out-comes of communities and populations at risk. These entities include: