Directors of Public Health Nursing (DPHN) in California county and city health departments, also known as local health jurisdictions (LHJs), have been meeting since 1952. Initially, these meetings were financed by the State Health Department – and jointly planned by the State Bureau of Public Health Nursing and the local DPHNs. The meetings originally focused on public health nursing administration issues.

In 1962, the California Conference of Local Health Officers (CCLHO) passed a resolution to create statewide affiliates among the LHJs administrative personnel and the existing nursing directors group proposed a structure that is today the Directors of Public Health Nursing (DPHN), formerly known as the California Conference of Local Health Departments Nursing Director’s (CCLHDND).

With the elimination of the State Bureau of Public Health Nursing in the early 1970’s, DPHN established membership dues and sought financing through other mechanisms to continue the effort of advocating for, and advancing public health nursing practice, in the state of California. LHJs are divided into four regions: Bay, Central, North, and South.