November 16, 2020 – WASHINGTON, DC – Judy Wilson-Griffin, MSN, RNC has posthumously received the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award from AWHONN, the Association of Women’s Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. The award was presented during AWHONN’s virtual annual convention last week.

The AWHONN Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Award recognizes an AWHONN member who has exhibited strong leadership and commitment in advancing and advocating evidence-based protocols, research, or practices to combat maternal or newborn health outcome disparities to underserved or underrepresented populations in the US.

Wilson-Griffin was a perinatal clinical nurse specialist who advocated for the health of women and babies, with a special focus on health outcome disparities in underserved communities.

She was instrumental in creating Missouri’s first maternal transport teams for high-risk pregnant women.  In her work and volunteer projects, she helped develop protocols for maternal severe hypertension, massive transfusions for women, rapid response to hemorrhage and other health challenges that unproportionally impact Black women and other women of color.

Wilson-Griffin’s achievements, leadership and mentoring demonstrate the immense impact that a strong nurse leader can make on the efforts to improve health outcomes for underserved communities. She passed from COVID-19 earlier this year.


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