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 Junior Investigator Award is selected by peer-review and honors an early-career (NIH definition) PHN Section member's work since completing their doctoral education.

Please submit an award nomination form (PDF) — deadline May 1, 2018.

Awards Committee Chair: Melissa Horning

2017 Award Recipients

The 2017 Lillian Wald Service Award was presented to Glynnis M. LaRosa, MPH, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC, CPHQ, Senior Public Health Nursing Advisor, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, State Laboratory Institute, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Glynnis was recognized for a long and exemplary public health nursing career and her numerous contributions in her state and nationally. She is Secretary-elect of the Public Health Nursing Section.

The 2017 Ruth B. Freeman Award was presented to Barbara J. Polivka, RN, PhD, FAAN, Professor and Shirley B. Powers Endowed Chair in Nursing, University of Louisville School of Nursing, Louisville, Kentucky. During Barbara's distinguished 25 year career in education, she has excelled as a nursing instructor, chair, author, and researcher. She has received more than $5 million dollars in extramural research related to environmental health and health services from the National Institutes of Health.

The 2017 Public Health Nurse Creative Achievement Award was presented to Lisa A. Campbell, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC, Professor, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, Lubbock, Texas. Lisa is very involved with county, state, and national leaders to foster community engagement, nursing practice excellence, and development of academic and community partnerships. Lisa is the chair-elect of the Public Health Nursing Section.

The 2017 Junior Investigator Award was presented to Julie A. Zuniga, PhD, RN, an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. Julie completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University with a focus on HIV Research. Her area of research is self-management of multi-morbidities with a focus on the dual diagnosis of HIV and diabetes. She is a devoted educator and strives to instill the love of public health in her students.

Public Health Nursing Section Award Winners, 1972-2017 (PDF)