Please submit an award nomination form for one of our section's prestigious awards as listed below. The deadline is May 1, 2021

The Lillian Wald Service Award honors agencies, individuals, organizations, or media for depicting exemplary public health nursing, especially through legislative, professional, or public advocacy.

The Ruth B. Freeman Award honors an individual who has had a distinguished career in public health administration, education, policy, practice, or research.

The Public Health Nurse Creative Achievement Award recognizes an individual's exceptional and creative contribution to public health nursing administration, education, practice, or research.

The Feleta Wilson Award, renamed after the award's first recipient, recognizes a mid-career RN or APN, who is an enthusiastic and effective leader in nursing. The award winner exhibits dedication in meeting community needs and benefitting underserved populations.

The Junior Investigator Award, awarded by the Research Committee, honors an early-career (NIH definition) PHN Section member's work since completing a doctoral education.

Awards Committee Chair: Melissa Horning

2020 Award Recipients

The 2020 Public Health Nurse Creative Achievement Award was presented to Karen Martin, RN, MSN, FHIMSS, FAAN. She is a health care consultant in private practice since 1993. She works with community health, acute/long term care, and other providers as well as colleges and software vendors nationally and globally regarding practice, documentation, informatics, and outcomes management. Ms. Martin has chaired numerous conferences, and is the author of more than 140 articles, 6 books, and 70 editorials. She has visited 24 countries.

The 2020 Lillian Wald Service Award was presented to Teresa Garrett, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC. Dr. Teresa Garrett is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing with 25 years of public health nursing experience. She is passionate about leadership, emotional intelligence and engaging nurses in health policy work. Dr. Garrett is the Co-Lead of the Utah Action Coalition and a community volunteer with the YWCA and the Salt Lake City Police Civilian Review Board.

The 2020 Ruth B. Freeman Award was presented to Sonda Oppewal, PhD, MSN, RN. For over 40 years Dr. Oppewal has worked to promote the health of diverse and vulnerable populations.  She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate students public health nursing and population health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  In 2018 she was the recipient of the NLN Lillian Wald Humanitarian Award for her career as a nursing educator, administrator, and scholar. 

The Junior Investigator Award was presented to Cherie Conley, PhD, MHS, RN. Dr. Conley focuses her research on health promotion among underserved and vulnerable populations. Her work has taken her from Accra, Ghana where she worked with researchers to promote breast feeding, to Baltimore, Maryland where she used science experiments to teach African-American men about hypertension. Dr. Conley completed her PhD in Nursing with a focus on equity and community asset-based interventions.

Public Health Nursing Section Award Winners, 1972-Present