Allen College in Waterloo, Iowa, USA
Received Date: September 15, 2016; Accepted Date: September 15, 2016; Published Date: September 15, 2016
Citation: Pralle DM (2016) Editor’s Note on Volume 2 Issue 3. J Comm Pub Health Nursing 2:e115. doi:10.4172/2471-9846.1000e115
Copyright: © 2016 Pralle DM. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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