Vacherie nurse recieving LPHA award

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 3, 1999

L’Observateur / April 3, 1999

VACHERIE – Joanna Bolton, a registered nurse from Vacherie, will be receiving the 1999 Members Award from the Louisiana Public Health Association, Inc., when that organization holds its annual conference April7-9 in Baton Rouge.

The award is given each year to a member who has demonstrated outstanding, loyal and dedicated service to LPHA for five years or more.

Bolton has been employed with the Office of Public Health for 30 years and is currently the Regional Nurse Manager for Region 3.

According to LPHA, Bolton has been a tireless advocated for public health nursing in general and has participated in numerous recruiting efforts, especially at Nicholls State University. She has also worked with NSU todevelop training curriculum, provide consultants and instructors, provide field placement and training to student nurses and establish family planning services.

The theme of the 1999 LPHA conference is “Claim the Vision: Communicating Public Health in the New Millennium.” Conference speakerswill discuss the future of public health, challenges to the workforce, bioterrorism and communicating with the media.

“The timing of this conference couldn’t be better,” said LPHA president Larry Hebert, M.D. “Not only are we poised on the edge of a newmillennium, but we are part of a national effort to focus and spread the message of public health.”The conference wraps up National Public Health Week April 5-11. NationalPublic Health Week 1999 is a coordinated effort by the American Public Health Association. Public Health professionals are encouraged topublicize their role and engage the public in public health activities.

“Last year LPHA celebrated 50 years of service to this state,” Hebert said.

“We are looking forward to being actively involved in the exciting challenges that Louisiana and the nation will face in coming years.”LPHA is a professional association founded in 1948. There areapproximately 300 members, most of whom work within the public health system in Louisiana as nurses, health educators, leaders and policy makers.

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