Walker receives 2018 Lillian Wald award
Melissa Walker, a consultant with the Iowa Department of Education bureau of nutrition and health services, is the Iowa Public Health Association 2018 Lillian Wald Award recipient.
The annual award honors a nurse for exemplary public health nursing practice in Iowa, who has demonstrated initiative and resourcefulness to improve the health of the public through political, legislative, professional or interdisciplinary activism. Walker received the award and was recognized for her achievements at the Iowa Public Health Association Governor’s Conference reception on April 10.
Award recipients must represent achievements in a leadership role on one or more of the following areas:
- Promoting social reform activities for client groups
- Influencing health policy and health laws
- Collaborating with physicians, legislators and public officials
- Strengthening public health nursing practice
Colleagues said Walker plays a critical role in helping Iowa school nurses with resources and information and is the data champion for Iowa school health data which standardized uniform data collection for use at the state and national level. Walker articulates the importance of the standardized uniform data collection to Iowa school nurses and works collaboratively with nurses who need assistance.
In addition, Walker is noted for her ability to never dampen conversations or suggestions for new resources, ideas, or changes, which is a direct reflection of her value to always strive for evidence-based practices, support of Iowa school nurses, and optimal health for all.