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Dr. Susan E. Stone receives national public health award for her commitment to reproductive health
HYDEN, KY – Dr. Susan E. Stone, President and Dean of Frontier Nursing University, was recognized recently with the 2011 Felicia Stewart Advocacy Award, a prestigious national honor recognizing individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to advocacy on behalf of reproductive health and rights. The award, sponsored by the American Public Health Association, was presented on Oct. 31, 2011, during the APHA annual meeting in Washington, D.C., where more than 13,000 health professionals from around the world met to address leading public health challenges.
Dr. Stone, a certified nurse-midwife and a fellow in the American College of Nurse-Midwives, was selected to receive the 2011 Felicia Stewart Advocacy Award because of her far-reaching impact on accessibility to reproductive health care and her advocacy for women. The award, established in 2007, is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Felicia Stewart and her vision, commitment, leadership and advocacy in reproductive health.
With a diverse career spanning more than 30 years, Dr. Stone has made reproductive care more widely available. In her early career as an obstetrical nurse in a rural community, she facilitated the opening of birthing rooms and introduced sibling visits and “rooming in” – where the newborn stays in the room with the mother during her hospital stay. She later led the development of five outreach clinics where women could receive prenatal and postpartum care in their own communities. Dr. Stone then pursued education as a certified nurse-midwife and practiced full scope midwifery care for seven years.
In 1998, Dr. Stone, DNSc, CNM, FACNM, shifted her focus to educating nurse-midwives when she joined the Frontier faculty. She was appointed as President and Dean of the school, today known as Frontier Nursing University (FNU), in 2001. FNU is a top-rated graduate school of nursing and midwifery that prepares nurse-midwives, family nurse practitioners and women’s health care nurse practitioners with an emphasis on educating providers to work in rural and underserved areas. FNU was founded in 1939 by nurse-midwife Mary Breckinridge in the Appalachian mountains of Eastern Kentucky and offers the largest and oldest continually operating nurse-midwifery program in America.
During her tenure as President and Dean, Dr. Stone has ensured that Mary Breckinridge’s model for decreasing rural health disparities, providing reproductive care and promoting public health among women and families in Appalachia has been emulated across the world. In May 2011, she was named the National Rural Health Association’s Distinguished Educator of the Year.
Dr. Stone has brought Frontier Nursing University to prominence by promoting innovative distance-learning methods. Under her direction, enrollment at Frontier has grown substantially, from just 200 students in 2006 to a current enrollment of more than 1,000 students representing all 50 states and several countries. FNU graduates are contributing to the provision of reproductive and primary health care throughout the country and world, with many addressing the needs of rural and underserved communities.
Founded in 1872, the American Public Health Association is the oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world. The association aims to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States.
For more information, contact Brittney Edwards, Marketing Coordinator, at 859.253.3637 ext. 5015 or visit www.frontier.edu.