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Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation announces winners of national Community Innovations Awards.

Bellevue, WA (April 6, 2010)--The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Pfizer Community Innovations Awards, designed to further innovations in education, research, and service in addressing healthcare issues at a community level.

Eight awards of $3,500 each were given to practicing nurse practitioners and students for their projects. "Each community is unique with its own healthcare issues," said Phyllis Zimmer, President, NPHF. "We are thrilled to provide these eight deserving recipients with the opportunity to address their community's healthcare issues with innovative ideas. We appreciate the funding provided by Pfizer to support this programming."

NPHF/Pfizer Community Innovations Award Winners

Deborah J. Gates, MS (Penn Yan, NY) Ms. Gates practices as an adult nurse practitioner in endocrinology. She is pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Wegmans School of Nursing, St. John Fisher College (May 2010). Ms. Gates is also an Associate Professor of Nursing at Keuka College, New York. Ms. Gates research project, funded by this award, will determine the effect of an exercise and stress management intervention, known as Qigong, on the level of perceived healthiness of rural middle-aged women (ages 45-65) at risk for diabetes.

Judith Komatsu, MS (San Francisco, CA)

Before starting her degree program, Ms. Komatsu practiced as a licensed acupuncturist. She is pursuing her Masters degree, focusing, on Adult Nurse Practitioner at the University of California, San Francisco (June 2011). Her project, funded by this award, is to develop a method that will integrate and maximize healthcare resources, improve access to healthcare, and aid navigation of health services for the homeless population of the city of Berkeley California and Alameda County.

Sandra L. Leiby, MS, ANP-BC (Hopedale, MA)

Ms. Leiby practices in occupational health as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and teaches at the University of Massachusetts Medical School's, Graduate School of Nursing. She is pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Simmons College, Graduate School of Nursing (May, 2010). Ms. Leiby's project, funded by this award, will be to implement an inter-professional learning project with the University of Massachusetts Medical School nurse practitioner and medical students to foster collaborative team care.

Monica R. Ordway, PhD(c), APRN, IBCLC (Southbury, CT)

Ms. Ordway practices as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and lactation nurse consultant. She is pursuing her doctorate degree as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Yale University, School of Nursing (May 2011). Ms. Ordway's research project will study parenting and child behavior outcomes among young families after they have completed participation in an intensive home-visiting intervention. The role of maternal depression will also be examined. This is phase 2 of a randomized clinical trial.

Kristen L. Osborn, MSN, CPNP-PC, -AC (Birmingham, AL)

Ms. Osborn practices as a Nurse Practitioner in the area of pediatric hematology and oncology. She is pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Nursing (December 2011). Ms. Osborn is also a faculty member at the University teaching in the Pediatric Acute and Continuing Care NP program. Her award project was the development and implementation of an educational curriculum and transition plan for adolescents with sickle cell disease who are transitioning to adulthood and adult-oriented medical care.

Deborah L. Schofield, DNP, CRNP (Baltimore, MD)

Dr. Schofield practices as an emergency and perioperative medicine. She is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, teaching in the Trauma, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program. Her project, funded by this award, is to develop modules to teach nurse practitioners evidence-based practices. These modules will be published on the university intranet for local and remote access for continuing education credits.

Mahedere (Mimi) Solomon, MSN, FNP (Oakland, CA)

Ms. Solomon practices as a nurse practitioner in primary care. Ms. Solomon's award project mission was to start the One Love Center for Health, which includes a community clinic, an internship program, community and economic development programs, and a health plan for the uninsured based on bartering. The mission is to promote health equality through culturally competent health promotion and accessibility to healthcare.

Rebecca R. West, MS, RN, FNP-BC (Morrison, IL)

Ms. West practices in a rural clinic as a family nurse practitioner and certified wellness coach. She is pursuing her doctoral degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2011). Ms. West also serves as adjunct faculty for the FNP program for the University of Illinois. Ms. West's research project, funded by this award, will develop and test an innovative mindfulness skills training intervention, targeting stressed low socioeconomic status workers in a rural setting.

The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation

In 2005, a group of pioneering nurse practitioners launched the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF). The foundation is dedicated to raising the bar in healthcare, contributing to excellence in care and bringing NPs to the forefront of the larger healthcare arena. The NPHF works strives to make high-quality, effective care accessible through research, education, health policy, service and philanthropy. The NPHF is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Visit for more information.
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Date:Nov 1, 2010
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