APHA Honors UIC Public Health Nursing Leaders at Annual MeetingDrs. Michele Issel and Kathleen Baldwin, both from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) received the Lillian Wald Award for Public Health Service by the Public Health Nursing section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). The award was presented at the 2008 Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association held in San Diego, CA on Tuesday, October 28. Dr. Issel is a clinical associate professor in the community health sciences division of the UIC School of Public Health (SPH), adjunct in the College of Nursing; and Dr. Baldwin is a clinical associate professor in the UIC College of Nursing, adjunct in epidemiology at the SPH.
Drs. Issel and Baldwin were recognized for their work related to advancing the education of public health nurses in Illinois over the past eight years, including their leadership in the project, "Advancing Public Health Nursing Education (APHNE) in Illinois," which has helped strengthen public health nursing education, practice and recruitment of registered nurses into public health.
"Improving the public health nursing workforce is one of my passions," Dr. Issel said. "Like much of public health, public health nurses are mostly invisible, although they comprise the single largest professional group in public health. To improve the education and competency of the public health nurse workforce of Illinois, we sought, obtained and leveraged multiple grant opportunities. Receiving this award confirms that following your passion can be a wise choice."
APHNE is comprised of public health nurses from academia and practice in the state of Illinois. As co-investigators on the project, Drs. Issel and Baldwin helped secure federal funding, and with the support of three state public health nursing organizations, developed a State Advisory Board with health department administrators, nursing directors and faculty from college nursing degree programs, to create a strategic plan to strengthen public health nursing education. APHNE has helped enhance the number and competency of public health nurses serving Illinois citizens and reenergize the Illinois Public Health Association’s nursing section. APHNE has also developed marketing materials to brand public health, recruited rural and minority students into public health nursing and fostered collaboration between clinical sites and baccalaureate nursing programs.
The Lillian Wald Service Award winners are chosen annually by the Public Health Nursing Section of APHA to individuals, agencies, or media for depicting exemplary public health nursing practice to the public through political, legislative, professional or interdisciplinary activism. The award recognizes public health nurses whose careers exemplify Lillian Wald's pioneering work in public health nursing and direct influence in city, state and national politics.
Peoria, IL – 08/29/03 –
Kathleen Baldwin, PhD, RN UIC College of Nursing at Peoria and Michele Issel, PhD, RN UIC School of Public Health in Chicago along with the Advancing Public Health Nursing Education (APHNE) in Illinois team of investigators and staff received congratulatory news! They were selected as runner up for the 2003 Jim Parker Award for their collaborative project with public health nursing educators and state and local health department practitioners. The APHNE project, which was nominated by many state and local health departments, was commended for fostering a strong sense of state/local partnership – the embodiment of the goal of the award.
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO), the Association of State and Territorial Local Health Liaison Officials (ASTHLO), and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) offer the Jim Parker Award jointly in honor of the memory of Jim Parker. Jim served as Director of the Community Health Services Division of the Minnesota Department of Health, and he was a strong advocate for local and state health department collaboration.
Drs. Baldwin and Issel have been invited to attend the 2003 ASTHO-NACCHO Joint Conference in Phoenix, AZ for formal recognition along with the “Hudson Valley Health Data Institute: Enhancing the Practice Community Health Assessment”, the 2003 recipient of the Jim Parker Memorial Award.