The Native Public Well being Affiliation of Minnesota (LPHA) introduced Tuesday, Nov. 23, Cindy Pederson, Wadena County Public Well being Director is the recipient of the 2020 Barbara O’Grady Excellence in Public Well being Nursing Management Award.
Cindy Pederson, Wadena County Public Well being director
Pederson was chosen for her management in public well being nursing on the state and native ranges. The choice committee contains representatives from state and native public well being departments, the Minnesota Public Well being Affiliation, and the College of Minnesota.
Pederson has led quite a few applications all through the span of her profession in public well being. The examples of her efforts are quite a few together with educating the group on HIV/AIDS, in search of and acquiring a number of grants to advertise wholesome communities and households, main on decreasing youth alcohol use locally, taking part in an important position within the improvement of the PH-DOC program that’s used all through the state, and efficiently implementing the Nurse Household Partnership program locally. Pederson developed relationships all through the area and throughout the state to advance public well being observe, in response to an LPHA information launch.
“Cindy’s potential to construct partnerships locally, mentorship of recent nurses and public well being leaders, and the robust public well being outcomes achieved by her management exemplify the spirit of this award,” Richard Scott, LPHA Chair and Public Well being Division Director at Carver County Public Well being. “We’re grateful for leaders like Cindy who assist hold Minnesotans wholesome.”
One nominator acknowledged, “Cindy demonstrates constant management throughout the work setting and the exterior group. She loves folks, works exhausting, and at all times tries to raise the spirits of these round her. I imagine these traits characterize all that’s good. She additionally tasks a heat, cheerful, non judgmental angle to the shoppers. I’ve seen her resolve conflicts and deal with tough conditions with outstanding endurance and admirable tact.”