About the Barbara O'Grady Excellence in Public Health Nursing Award
This award is to honor and recognize a public health nurse in Minnesota for outstanding leadership and contributions to public health.  The award is presented each year at the Local Public Health Association Annual Meeting in November.  Nominations open in September.

Purpose: To honor and recognize a public health nurse in Minnesota for outstanding leadership and contributions to public health.

Eligibility: Public health nurses working in management or education settings.

History
The Barbara O’Grady Excellence in Public Health Nursing Leadership Award was established in 1991 to recognize and honor public health nurses working in management or education settings in Minnesota for outstanding leadership and contributions to public health.  The award is administered by the Local Public Health Association of Minnesota, an organization of public health administrators, public health nursing directors, and environmental health directors that provides leadership and advocacy on behalf of public health issues.

Criteria for 
nomination are:

  • Demonstrates creativity and innovation in one’s nursing practice.

  • Demonstrates consistent leadership within the work setting and the external community.

  • Assures consistent caring and commitment to clients and families, work teams, and the community.

  • Demonstrates significant contribution or impact on program development.

  • Enhances the positive practice of public health (i.e. advancing knowledge, motivating others and creating a positive environment).

  • Impacts staff, students, and peer relating to their learning, practices or development.

  • Selection criteria include one or more of the following:

  • Recognize expertise and leadership in public health nursing.

  • Important contributions to advancing improvement in the health status of communities.

  • Advocacy for public health nursing.

  • Development of innovative programs in public health nursing.

  • Collaboration with health, education, social services, or other decision makers and service providers.