2004 Betty Hubbard Award Ceremony: from left to right, Linda Matti, MCH Advisory Task Force Chair, Terrie Rose, award recipient, Lisa Hagen, award recipient and Carol Woolverton, Assistant Commissioner Minnesota Department of Health.
Two health professionals to receive awards for contributions to maternal and child health
The annual awards are presented in two categories: one that recognizes achievements at the community level and one that recognizes accomplishments of statewide significance. Lisa Hagen, pediatric clinical nurse at Hennepin County Medical Center, will receive the community award. Terrie Rose, associate director of the Irving B. Harris Training Center for Infant and Toddler Development at the University of Minnesota, will receive the statewide award.
“This year’s award recipients have devoted themselves to improving the health and well being of Minnesota mothers, children and families,” said Asst. Commissioner Woolverton. “This kind of unwavering commitment symbolizes the dedication and leadership that are characteristic of past recipients of the Betty Hubbard Award.”
Ms. Lisa Hagen will receive the community award for her 13-year commitment as a pediatric clinical nurse.
Hagen played a pivotal role in the 1998 Healthy Learners Immunization Initiative in Minneapolis. She brought key players together to design a campaign to implement the No Shots, No School Project; she assisted clinics to improve access by adding extra clinic hours, accepting walk-in appointments, helping families with transportation and having interpreters available; and she helped clinics to improve communication to families, with a special effort to reach non-English speaking families. Immunization rates improved from 68 percent to 98 percent five months after Hagen became involved in the initiative, and have stayed there for six years.
Hagen also led the development of the HCMC Pediatric Brain Injury Program. She designed the Clinical Critical Pathways plan of care, which has improved service to hundreds of hospitalized children, and designed procedures linking medical teams with school-based programs to facilitate children’s return to health within their normal environments.
In addition, Hagen created educational tools to help immigrants understand and access the medical system, and led a group to design a plan to improve care and services for children with asthma.
Dr. Terrie Rose will receive the statewide award for her contributions to maternal and child health through pioneering training and initiatives aimed at strengthening families and promoting healthy development and resilience in infant and toddlers.
Rose played a major role in the development of Baby’s Space: A Place to Grow, an integrated child care and family support program for infants, toddlers and their families. The program uses a culturally appropriate environment designed by the Children’s Museum to optimize development, and family facilitators who are of the same racial/ethnic groups as enrollees.
The program has resulted in fewer unplanned pregnancies and a significant increase in children who are at developmental age level after participating in the program. Rose secured major funding to enable her to partner with Hennepin County to integrate the Baby’s Space concept into four Strong Beginning childcare sites in Minneapolis. The model program has become nationally visible as an innovative community service program that has effectively drawn upon public and private foundation resources.
As associate director of the Harris Center, Rose consults with numerous local and state agencies, speaking on topics such as parent-child attachment, infant mental health and the effects of illicit drug and alcohol use during pregnancy and parenting.
Other nominees for this year’s awards included Cindy Urbaniak, Kittson Memorial Health Care Center; Sandi Dehn, Morrison County Public Health; and Nancy Mendelsohn, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics.
Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dianne Mandernach said the award recipients and nominees deserve credit for their contributions to public health. “These dedicated individuals have made a significant contribution to improving life for mothers, children and families. They deserve our thanks and gratitude.”
The Betty Hubbard Awards have been presented annually since 1990. They are sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health and the state Maternal and Child Health Advisory Task Force. They are named in honor of Betty Hubbard, one of the original members of the MCH Task Force and a lifelong advocate for the health of mothers and children.
More information can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health Web site at www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/mchatf/bettyhubbard.html.