POW Health Network receives Public Health Nursing Award

April 25 2014

PRINCE OF WALES ISLAND – The Prince of Wales Health Network, a collaborative effort between Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Alicia Roberts Medical Center, State of Alaska Craig Public Health Center, Community Connections, Alaska Island Community Services (AICS) and PeaceHealth Medical Group Prince of Wales, was given the Friend of Public Health Nursing Award earlier this month.

The Friend of Public Health Nursing Award is given out every other year during the State wide Public Health Nurse Conference and is “awarded to an individual, or a governmental, non-profit, private sector or Tribal entity who has contributed significantly to the health and well-being of Alaskans in partnership with Public Health Nursing.”

The Prince of Wales Health Network has been a leader in actively improving health by networking and collaborating with key partners to promote improved health of its residents.  The vision for the Prince of Wales Health Network is a sustainable and continuing partnership between healthcare providers and communities of Prince of Wales, resulting in optimal health and wellness.  Those bestowing the award stated, “Public Health Nursing could not ask for better partners to support our mission of ‘Creating partnerships with individuals, communities, and systems to improve the health of Alaskans in a manner that promotes self-reliance, dignity, and cultural integrity.’”

Craig Public Health Center nurses Colleen Watson PHN III, Kara McCoy PHN II and Stacey Mank PHN II were thrilled to receive the award for the Prince of Wales Health Network and will be taking it back to the island to present to the Health Network Steering Committee on April 29th.