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Melanie Foltz Accepts AWHONN Award for Advocacy

Monday, June 15, 2015  
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Kansas City Nurse Receives National Association's Excellence Award

Melanie Foltz Accepts AWHONN Award for Advocacy

 

Washington, DC, June 15, 2015 - The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) presented its 2015 Award of Excellence in Advocacy to Melanie Foltz, MSN, RN, for her contributions to the field of women's health and professional nursing. The award was presented at the AWHONN national Convention in Long Beach, California.

 

Nominees for the Award of Excellence in Advocacy are judged on their history of individual contributions to promote women's and newborn's health in the federal, state or local political arenas, including the ability to mobilize colleagues in a campaign or in support of an issue that reflects AWHONN's mission and standards.

 

Ms. Foltz is heavily involved in the community health promotion of perinatal patients, including work with the March of Dimes and the Kansas Perinatal Quality Collaborative, a committee with a goal of reducing infant morbidity and mortality in Kansas. Additionally, she is involved with Blue Ribbon Panel on Infant Mortality, another state-based initiative looking into policy and educational solutions to reduce infant morbidity and mortality associated with preterm birth, birth defects, an Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

 

“Nursing representation on perinatal quality collaboratives and other bodies aimed at making global improvements in patient care is vital to the health of women and infants,” said AWHONN's Chief Executive Officer Lynn Erdman, MN, RN, FAAN.

 

Ms. Foltz has more than 15 years of experience in the field of high-risk obstetrics. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at Kansas University and a Master’s of Science in Nursing at the University of Phoenix. She currently serves as the Director of Fetal Health Services at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas. In that capacity, she has advocated relentlessly for the resources needed to accommodate the special needs of a unique population of patients. Examples include her support of the development of a perinatal bereavement program, implementing innovative birthing plans typically not seen with mothers who deliver high risk babies, offering postpartum care and support to mothers in the NICU, and utilizing team simulation to ensure skills are maintained and staff are prepared for Unusual or complex deliveries.

 

For media interviews, contact:

Kelly Mack for AWHONN

202-296-2002

kmack@awhonn.org

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About AWHONN

Since 1969, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) has been the foremost authority promoting the health of women and newborns and strengthening the nursing profession through the delivery of superior advocacy, research, education, and other professional and clinical resources. AWHONN represents the interests of 350,000 registered nurses working in women's health, obstetric, and neonatal nursing across the United States. Learn more about AWHONN at www.awhonn.org

 


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