Consultants in Action

March 2018

On April 10, 2018 our own Melissa Walker was nominated and will be receiving the 2018 Iowa Public Health Association Lillian Wald Award.  Below, see more information on why she was nominated for this award:

Melissa Walker has been the Iowa Department of Education School Nurse Consultant since 2013. Melissa advocates, educates, and articlulates the importance of school health services and the role of school nurses to all. Melissa has the ability to address questions and concerns regarding individual students and also able to extrapolate her response to the larger population of students or a community. Melissa influences the health of individuals and larger populations by serving as a liaison between Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Department of Public Health, and Iowa School Nurse Organization for a variety of school health education efforts and public policy issues such as epi-pen legislation. Ultimately, Melissa’s past, ongoing, and current efforts impact the daily practice of Iowa school nurses and more importantly influence the overall health of Iowa. In recognition of Lillian Wald, founder of public health nursing, who sent Lina Rogers, the first school nurse sent into schools to improve health, I do not know of anyone more deserving of the Lillian Wald Award other than Melissa Walker.




Renae Sisk, State School Nurse Consultant from North Dakota, was part of the first ever North Dakota team to participate in the Johnson and Johnson School Health Leadership Program.  The Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Program is a fellowship program designed by Rutgers, Center of Alcohol Studies in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson. This nationally recognized fellowship program includes curriculum and opportunities designed to empower school nurses and their community/administrative partners to become leaders within their community’s educational and health services teams to improve student health practices. All education offered through the program is in partnership with the National Association for School Nurses (NASN).  Team North Dakota conducted a needs assessment in their community prior to attending the program.  Based on this needs assessment, the team was able to develop and implement an enduring change plan.  Each team who attended had unique needs in their community; therefore, each enduring change plan was different.  Renae stated, “it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to attend this prestigious program.  The leadership skills that we learned from the curriculum and staff were excellent.  This program not only helped us pin point what our community needs truly were, but it also helped us build partnerships and collaborate with various people and entities.  I am so thankful we were accepted and able to participate in this great program”. 

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