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Connie Brehm, PhD, FNP, PHN, RN

Professor
Phone: ext. 5404
Email: cbrehm@apu.edu
Dr. Brehm holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Public Health degrees from UCLA. Her Master of Science in Nursing with Family Nurse Practitioner specialty is from California State University at Long Beach. Her PhD in Nursing, awarded in 1997 from University of Colorado School of Nursing, focused on Community Health. Her dissertation research was entitled: Outcomes of Nursing Case Management of Back-Injured Healthcare Workers. At APU she teaches Community Health Nursing and directs the Homeless Healthcare Outreach efforts through which 80 nursing students and faculty, drawn from both undergraduate and graduate programs, accompany Dr. Brehm to local homeless service sites to bring healthcare to those in need. This outreach effort is supported by grants and donations and provides challenging (yet rewarding) clinical experiences for students along with opportunities for clinical research and scholarship. Dr. Brehm is past President of Board of Directors of East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless, a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization. She holds membership in American Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nurses, and makes contributions to professional nursing education as a trained site-evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing (CCNE) a position held since 2003. As a site evaluator Dr. Brehm participates in visits to nursing programs nationwide for accreditation and re-accreditation purposes. List of Publications follows:
• Brehm, C (2016). Homelessness and Rain in San Gabriel Valley, guest editorial for San Gabriel Valley
Examiner, Vol. XIX, (2) January 16-20, 2016
• Brehm, C (2015). President’s Message published in Fall 2015 newsletters of the East San Gabriel
Valley Coalition for the Homeless addressing topic of: Family Homelessness (Sept); Need for Emergency
Shelter (Nov).
• Brehm, C (2014). Who is My Neighbor? Article published in APU Life, Fall 2014 issue.
• Brehm, C. (2007). Childhood Injuries. Chapter 39 in textbook by Brady, M. (ed) Pediatric Primary
Care, Elsevier.
• Cruz, E. and Brehm, C. (2007). Introduction to Parish Nursing. Health & Development: Quarterly
Journal of Christian Community Health Fellowship (27) 1.
• Brehm, C. (2005) Homeless within L.A. County: Healthcare initiatives in shelter-based clinics;
Article in Berger, J. (editor) Perspectives on Poverty and Health Care, Precedent Press:
Indianapolis.
• Dela Cruz, F., Brehm, C., and Harris, J. (2004) Transformation of FNP students’ attitudes after
participation in a homeless outreach clinic, Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners,
16 (12) 547-554.
• Brehm, C. (2004) Childhood Injuries. Chapter 40 in textbook by Brady, M. (ed.) Pediatric Primary
Care, Saunders: Philadelphia.
• Article by Flagg, D. (2002) Beyond the classroom walls in APU Life, 15 (1) 12. Article describes C.
Brehm’s initiatives as Director of APU Outreach Health Services for the Homeless in establishing
outreach healthcare services to the homeless of the SGV region.
• Brehm, C. (2002) Organizations of interest to Nurse Practitioners, in Nurse Practitioner Connection,
statewide publication of California Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (July issue).
• Blair, C. (maiden name) (1990) Infants and preschool children. Chapter in Bullough, B. and Bullough,
V. Nursing in the Community, St. Louis: Mosby.

Education

  • PhD, Nursing (Emphasis in Community Health), University of Colorado Health Sciences Center at Denver
  • MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, California State University at Long Beach
  • MPH, International Health, University of California, Los Angeles
  • BSN, University of California, Los Angeles

Credentials/Certifications

  • Registered Nurse: Active California RN License
  • Public Health Nurse Certificate by BRN
  • Certified Nurse Practitioner (active) by State of California, Board of Registered Nursing
  • Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) by American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Commission on Certification

Departments

School of Nursing

  • Undergraduate Programs
  • Graduate Programs

Expertise

  • Breast Cancer Screening
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Health Care Needs of the Homeless
  • Occupational Health
  • Public Health

Courses Taught

  • UNRS 382 Community Health Nursing
  • UNRS 382P Community Health Nursing Practicum
  • GNRS 597 Comprehensive Exam (as 2nd reader)