Monday, June 13, 2016 
Posted by: Courtney Duggan

Georgia Nurse Accepts National Nursing Association’s Novice Researcher Award
— Dr. Irene Yang Awarded $5,000 Research Grant from AWHONN and Kimberly-Clark—

Washington, DC, June 13, 2016  The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) today presented its 2016 Novice Researcher Award to Irene Yang, PhD, MSN. The award is supported through a research grant from Kimberly-Clark and was presented at the AWHONN national Convention in Grapevine, Texas.

The Novice Researcher Award is intended to assist new researchers in beginning areas of study, investigating clinical issues, or launching a pilot study. Dr. Yang was awarded $5,000 for her study entitled, “The Oral Microbiome and Preterm Birth in Low SES African American Pregnant Women.”

“Research like Dr. Yang’s will impact the health women and newborns to improve outcomes for at-risk populations,” said AWHONN’s Chief Executive Officer, Lynn Erdman, MN, RN, FAAN. “AWHONN is proud to continue its history of helping nurses launch their researcher careers and is grateful for the support from Kimberly-Clark.”

An AWHONN member, Dr. Yang is a postdoctoral fellow in biobehavioral research at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.  Her research has been shaped by her clinical experience as a maternal/newborn nurse. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at Rutgers University; and her Master’s of Science and PhD in nursing from the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

“Kimberly-Clark and Huggies brand are dedicated to supporting the future of nursing research through AWHONN’s Novice Researcher Award,” said Aric Melzl, general manager, Huggies Healthcare, Kimberly-Clark. “Our hope is that research from Dr. Yang, as well as other emerging researchers, will help to deliver the best outcomes for babies and families.”

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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

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