Community Health Nurses' Initiatives Group (CHNIG)

Cost of Interest Group: $45; free for undergraduate nursing students
Includes HST, CHNIG HST Registration # 827763707RT0001

CHNIG's mission to act as the voice of community Health Nurses influencing the health care system, and health and social policy in areas which affect the work of Community Health Nurses and the public we serve.

Our Goals include:

• To influence health and social policy, taking into consideration the social determinants of health.
• To build capacity in Community Health Nurses.
• To strengthen the profile of CHNs and articulate the significance of their practice.
• To promote, engage and maximize membership in CHNIG.
• To promote engage and maximize student involvement in community health nursing and CHNIG.

Read about CHNIG's Goals and Objectives for 2014-2016.

CHNIG members are eligible for Registered Nurses' Foundation of Ontario (RNFOO) education bursaries and CHNIG awards. CHNIG members have joint membership in the Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) and CHNIG is a constituent member of the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA).

CHNIG executive meetings are held three times per year and are open to all members.

Our electronic newsletter is published three times a year and sent to all members to provide a forum for sharing information about community health nursing.

As a member of this RNAO group you are entitled to:

  • CHNIG Newsletter
  • Community nursing input into decision making
  • Exclusive access to "members only" news section on our web site
  • Exclusive access to "members only" discussions on our Bulletin Board ~ coming soon.
  • Representation at RNAO assembly meetings
  • Forum to influence health policy
  • Opportunity for educational bursaries and research grants
  • Membership to the Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC)

Top Seven (7) Reasons to Join CHNIG

  1. Networking - CHNIG activities at the community-level provide a forum for dialogue and exchange with your colleagues. Meet other nurses in your area of practice at our meetings, join one of our executive workgroups (e.g., professional practice, communications), or meet CHNs at our conference. Networking with colleagues will allow you to develop relationships for mutual gain, share best practices, find knowledge and provide you with opportunities to grow in your existing or desired role.
  2. Professional development opportunities - CHNIG participates in several initiatives to support your professional development. This ranges from posting information on our website or sending membership e-mails about professional development and research opportunities related to community health nursing to co-hosting the national Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) conference. 
  3. Financial support for professional development, education bursaries and scholarships - CHNIG has education and research bursaries and scholarships for nurses in community health to further their education. Additionally, CHNIG has offered professional development funding to both members and students for the CHNC conference and attendance at the RNAO AGM.
  4. Support development of CHN in Ontario and beyond - CHNIG has participated in many initiatives to support development of CHN from education development and promotion of the role of CHNs to development of competencies, orientation programs and role descriptions in our practice pages. CHNIG works to enhance the understanding of the diverse roles in community health nursing among CHNs, non-CHNs, other health professionals, policy-makers, nursing students, and the public.
  5. Receive CHNIG communications - CHNIG produces a newsletter twice a year, communicates with members on a regular basis by email and posts information on our website to alert CHNs of issues impacting their practice. This includes sharing best practices and evidence as well as announcing opportunities for participation in professional development opportunities, research and committees relevant to CHN.
  6. Support appropriate health and social policy - CHNIG advocates for the development of appropriate health and social policy in Ministry Task Force initiatives and governmental and non-governmental organization initiatives.
  7. Support the practice of CHNs in Ontario and beyond - CHNIG has identified and responded to relevant issues that affect community health nurses. CHNIG participated in development of the Orientation to Public Health Nursing Manual and the Community Health Nursing Vision 2020 Wait or Shape Study.

Join CHNIG when you sign up or renew with RNAO. Join RNAO now!

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Contact: Cindy Baker-Barill, CHNIG President

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