We have re-opened the call for nominations for the Feleta Wilson Award. Nominations for the Feleta Wilson Award are now due on July 30, 2020. Please submit an award nomination form. The call for nominations for other Section awards is now closed.

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

2019 Award Recipients

The 2019 Public Health Nurse Creative Achievement Award was presented to Laura Anderko, PhD, RN. Dr. Anderko has worked in public health for over 40 years. Her work currently centers around investigating the health impacts of climate change and educating the public about these impacts via a variety of media platforms. In 2013, she was recognized by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change for her efforts in Climate Change and Public Health.

The 2019 Lillian Wald Service Award was presented to Jonas Nguh, PhD, FACHE, NEA-BC, RN. Dr. Nguh is a full-time faculty professor and student research chair with Abilene Christian University in Texas. He teaches in the DNP program. Dr. Nguh is also board certified as a Nurse Executive by ANCC and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

The 2019 Ruth B. Freeman Award was presented to Marjorie McCullagh, PhD, RN, PHNA-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN, FAAN. Dr. McCullagh is a Professor and Director of the Occupational Health Nursing Program at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She is a fellow in the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses and in the American Academy of Nursing. Her work as a board-certified advanced public health nurse and certified occupational health nurse-specialist focuses on the prevention of adverse health effects from workers' exposure to toxins, particularly noise.

The inaugural Diversity and Social Justice Award was awarded posthumously to Feleta Wilson, PhD, MPH, FAAN. Dr. Wilson was a model nurse and fierce community advocate whose research focused on patient education and patient health literacy to reduce health disparities and inequities in vulnerable populations. She was passionate about serving her local community, the City of Detroit, and was recognized internationally for her urban health expertise. Dr. Wilson was an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at Wayne State University. The Diversity and Social Justice Award will be renamed as the Feleta Wilson Award in honor of Dr. Wilson.

The 2019 Junior Investigator Award  was presented to Melissa Horning, PhD, RN, PHN. Dr. Horning is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, School of Nursing. Her community-based participatory research aims to address the social determinants of health – like affordable, healthy food access – that influence health behavior, nutrition, and obesity of individuals and families living in underserved communities.

Public Health Nursing Section Award Winners, 1972-2019