Connie Brehm, PhD, FNP, RN, has practiced nursing for more than 35 years. Brehm’s clinical interests are in community health, and she has a developing interest in teaching and advanced practice nursing. She has practiced as a family nurse practitioner at community health centers in Los Angeles and Pomona, and has taught undergraduate and master’s courses with a focus on community health and advanced practice nursing. In 1998, Brehm founded the School of Nursing’s Outreach Health Services for the homeless of East San Gabriel Valley, which she continues to direct. She conducts research and speaks about her work with the homeless at a number of venues.
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
School of Nursing
Breast Cancer Screening Under Brehm’s direction, FNP students and clinical faculty provide women’s health screening examinations for breast cancer and cervical cancer as part of the annual Community Health Fair given by Arroyo Vista Family Health Center of Los Angeles.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Health Care Needs of the Homeless Brehm is the director of the Homeless Outreach Clinic, which brings health services to the homeless of the Winter Shelter Program of the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless. Brehm provides the leadership for this clinic, which operates on grant support and is staffed by FNP nursing students, nursing faculty, and FNP alumni. The clinic operates 1–3 evenings per week December–March, and has done so since 1997. Through this clinic, certified nurse practitioners (and APU nursing students) provide health care for the homeless, including assessment and management of common acute and chronic illnesses.