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Dr. Jeanne Alhusen Accepts the AWHONN-March of Dimes Grant

Monday, June 15, 2015  
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Maryland Nurse Receives Margaret Comerford Freda "Saving Babies, Together®” Award—Dr. Jeanne Alhusen Accepts the AWHONN-March of Dimes Grant —


Washington, DC, June 15, 2015 - The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) today presented the March of Dimes Margaret Comerford Freda "Saving Babies, Together® "Award to Jeanne Alhusen, PhD, CRNP, RN, for her study entitled, “Tailored self-management intervention promoting resilience in perinatal depression.” The purpose of the study is to generate foundational knowledge of perinatal depression and examine the potential impacts of a nurse-led intervention on childhood outcomes. This study is part of Dr. Alhusen’s wider program of research on childbearing, newborn, and women’s health nursing. The award was presented at AWHONN's annual convention in Long Beach, California.


The Margaret Comerford Freda "Saving Babies, Together®” Award is presented annually to an experienced investigator whose research reflects the common commitment of the March of Dimes and AWHONN to promote the health of women and newborns. The award is supported through an educational grant from the March of Dimes and named for long-time AWHONN member and nurse researcher, Dr. Margaret Comerford Freda. Dr. Freda was the first and long-time chairperson of the March of Dimes Nurse Advisory Council.


"Dr. Alhusen’s research will contribute to treating depression among pregnant women living in vulnerable populations,” said AWHONN's Chief Executive Officer, Lynn Erdman, RN, MN, CNS, FAAN. “Her work in identifying self-management support as a vital role in treating perinatal depression improves maternal health and childhood outcomes in populations at-risk.”


Dr. Alhusen is an Assistant Professor at John Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Villanova University, a Masters of Science in Nursing from Duke University, and a PhD from John Hopkins University. She has been the recipient of the prestigious Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award, The Honorable Ruth D. Vogel Professional Development Award, and The Sue K. Donaldson Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau. In addition, she has more than 20 years of experience caring for childbearing women, contributed to more than 20 publications, and participates in several national healthcare organizations like the American Public Health Association.


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