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UW-Eau Claire Nursing Professor Receives State Award

RELEASED: Sept. 2, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — Karen Maddox, an associate professor of nursing and interim chair of the department of public health professions in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, received the Mary Adelaide Nutting Academic Linkages Award at the 12th Annual Public Health Nursing Conference Aug. 18 in Stevens Point.

The award is sponsored by the Wisconsin Public Health Association's newly formed public health nurse section and is given to a public health nurse, supervisor or manager within a local or tribal health department or a faculty member from an academic institution who advances public health nursing programs.

Debbie Odden, assistant director of the Chippewa County Department of Public Health, presented the award on behalf of the group of preceptors and public health nurses of the Eau Claire Linking Education and Practice for Excellence in Public Health Nursing Regional Learning Collaborative. In the nomination, Maddox was cited as a valuable asset to public health because she often acts as a catalyst for linking academia with public health nursing practice.

For example, a group of Maddox's students presented its project, "Rusk County Child Passenger Seat Safety," to a statewide meeting of public health nursing faculty, public health nurses, supervisors and health officers to show how local public health can be enhanced though student projects.

"The student presentation was very well received and is truly an example of excellent academic/practice linkages in public health," said Pamela Guthman, the education practice liaison for the LEAP Project.

The Public Health Nursing Conference is an annual event that allows public health nurses from throughout Wisconsin to come together to renew their commitment to their profession. The theme for this year's conference, attended by approximately 240 public health nurses, was "Cultivating Healthy Communities." Other recognition awards, including the New Public Health Nurse Award, Distinguished Public Health Nursing Service Award and Excellence in Public Health Award also were presented at the conference.

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