Every year, SPU’s School of Health Sciences celebrates the accomplishments of their students at the program completion ceremonies. A select few are recognized for their outstanding achievements through special awards.
Lillian Wald Award
Faculty are annually invited to nominate community health groups for the Lillian Wald Collaboration and Partnership with the Community Award. This award honors Lillian Wald (1867–1940), the founder of public health nursing. She was committed to provide nursing services to persons in need in her community.
The award is given to student groups that demonstrate a collaborative spirit, a willingness to engage in dialogue that promotes inclusivity of diverse perspectives, and a desire to understand and serve community needs. The projects were outstanding, meriting an unprecedented eight nominations. Two groups’ projects were so evenly matched, both were chosen for the award: Emergency Preparedness Plan and Health-related Resources for New Horizons Ministries Youth and Staff (in collaboration with New Horizons Ministries) and the Talk About It Tuesday media campaign (in collaboration with the WAVE Foundation).
The WAVE (Women Against Violence Everywhere) Foundation has a mission to educate, empower, and end domestic violence. The SPU student team worked to learn about the non-physical forms of intimate partner violence among high school and college students. Together with their agency partners at the foundation, the students developed a package of five social media-ready posts. These posts featured photographs and messaging depicting visible effects of physical abuse in intimate partner relationships and contrasting those with invisible effects of sexual, financial, emotional, and psychological abuse. Information was also included with links to assistance, further information, and descriptions of healthy relationships.
One of the most powerful initial steps taken by the team was to find someone who had lived through such an experience and was willing to share her perspective. The tagline, “Not All Bruises Are Physical,” was developed and a series of media posts with powerful photographic images was designed.
The students demonstrated excellent collaboration with each other, the agency, and all those with whom they networked. This enthusiasm, creativity, and shared leadership resulted in an excellent product, with the first photo post in the series launched on social media on June 7.
Agency representative Elizabeth Salvo and SHS faculty member Heidi Monroe mentored the group: Mandie Allen, Katie Mack, Paige Shepperd, Sterling Tanner, Aaron Wolfe, and Kiley Zeitler. WAVE founder and board president Sharon Anderson accepted the award.
Congratulations to all of the award recipients in the School of Health Sciences!