Please submit an award nomination form (PDF) — deadline May 1, 2019. 

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 a doctoral education. 

Awards Committee Chair: Melissa Horning

2018 Award Recipients

The 2018 Lillian Wald Service Award was presented to William E. Rosa, MS, AGPCNP-BC, FCCM, FAAN, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Billy is known for his scholarly contributions to global public health nursing, facilitating individual and organizational partnerships with nurses in low-resource countries, and promoting an inclusive voice for the profession across contexts and cultures – local to global.

The 2018 Ruth B. Freeman Award was presented to Shawn Kneipp, PhD, RN, PHNA-BC, FAANP, Associate Professor, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Recognized as innovative nationally, Kneipp’s research has contributed to the evidence base supporting the effectiveness of public health nursing on health outcomes for vulnerable populations.

The 2018 Creative Achievement Award was presented to Kitty Mahoney, RN, BSN, MS. Ms. Mahoney has a long and distinguished history of service on several local, regional and state committees and organizations as well as advancing academic collaborations with the Massachusetts Association of Public Health Nurses. Mahoney routinely speaks on behalf of public health nursing where she is able to promote the practice and workforce of public health nurses through advocacy, educational outreach and communication initiatives. 

The 2018 Junior Investigator Award was presented to Laurie S. Abbott, PhD, RN, PHNA-BC, for her research on advancing cardiovascular health equity among underserved, rural populations. Abbott’s research experience includes conducting cluster randomized trials and testing evidence-based cardiovascular health promotion/disease risk reduction interventions in rural community settings. A board-certified advanced public health nurse, she is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing at Florida State University.

Public Health Nursing Section Award Winners, 1972-2018 (PDF)