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Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation Announces Winners of “Health Through Immunizations” Awards

The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF) announced the recipients of the NPHF/sanofi pasteur “Health Through Immunizations” Awards, designed to further education and research in the area of disease prevention through immunizations.  Three awards of $3,500 each were given to practicing nurse practitioners and students for their projects.

“Immunizations are a cornerstone of health promotion and prevention of disease, and have saved millions of lives over the past century,” said Phyllis Zimmer, President, NPHF.  “Adequate immunization protection for all people is a major public health goal for our nation, and the NPHF is thrilled to provide these awards to aid in achieving this goal.  The three unique projects in the “Health Through Immunizations” Awards Program will advance our understanding of barriers to immunization and parents’ decision-making regarding immunizing their children. We greatly appreciate the unrestricted educational grant funding provided by sanofi pasteur that supported this program.”

NPHF/sanofi pasteur “Health Through Immunizations” Award Winners

Nicole A. Rouhana, CNM, FNP-BC, PhD-C (Vestal, NY)

Ms. Rouhana practices in the area of women’s health as a certified nurse midwife and family nurse practitioner.  She is a clinical assistant professor at Stony Brook University School of Nursing, who is pursuing doctoral studies in rural health at Binghamton University Decker School of Nursing.  Ms. Rouhana’s dissertation, funded by this award, will examine rural parents’ knowledge and attitudes surrounding human papillomavirus (HPV), their willingness to vaccinate male children against HPV, and the effects of an individualized verbal HPV educational progam.  Demographics and characteristics that could potentially predict parents’ willingness to vaccinate will also be explored.

Wendy I. Rychwalski, DNP, FNP (Seattle, WA)

Ms. Rychwalski practices as an RN in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  She completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in the family nurse practitioner program at the University of Washington School of Nursing in June, 2010.  Washington State has the highest rate of parents requesting exemptions from school immunization requirements in the U.S.  Ms. Rychwalski’s capstone project, funded by this award, examined the feasibility of using a provider immunization tool kit to address hesitancy to vaccinate among parents of children ages birth to two.  Ms. Rychwalski developed the tool kit for the project, as part of a statewide campaign on vaccine hesitancy through the non-profit organization, WithinReach.

Laurie Tillery-Russell, RN, BSN (Philadelphia, PA)

Ms. Tillery-Russell practices as a Heart Failure Coordinator at Temple University Hospital.  She is pursuing her master’s degree in the family nurse practitioner program at Temple University, College of Health Professions and Social Work (May 2011).  This award provided funding for Ms. Tillery-Russell’s capstone project– studying barriers to immunization among underserved adolescents.

The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation

In 2005, a group of pioneering nurse practitioners launched the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation.  The foundation is dedicated to raising the bar in health care, contributing to excellence in care, and bringing NPs to the forefront of the larger health care arena.  The NPHF works on behalf of the entire nurse practitioner profession to make high-quality, effective care accessible through research, education, health policy, service and philanthropy.  The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Visit for more information and for a listing of current opportunities.

Source: The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation

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