The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses recently presented the March of Dimes Margaret Comerford Freda Saving Babies, Together Award to Jeanne Alhusen, PhD, CRNP, RN, an assistant professor at John Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore. She received the award for her study, “Tailored self-management intervention promoting resilience in perinatal depression,” according to a news release.
The purpose of the study is to generate foundational knowledge of perinatal depression and examine the potential impacts of a nurse-led intervention on childhood outcomes. The study is part of her wider program of research on childbearing, newborn, and women’s health nursing.
The award was presented at AWHONN’s annual convention in Long Beach, Calif.
The Margaret Comerford Freda Saving Babies, Together Award is presented annually to an experienced investigator whose research reflects the common commitment of the March of Dimes and AWHONN to promote the health of women and newborns. The award is supported through an educational grant from the March of Dimes and named for long-time AWHONN member and nurse researcher, Margaret Comerford Freda, who was the first and long-time chairwoman of the March of Dimes Nurse Advisory Council.
“Dr. Alhusen’s research will contribute to increasing knowledge regarding depression among pregnant women living in vulnerable populations,” AWHONN’s Chief Executive Officer, Lynn Erdman, MN, RN, CNS, FAAN, said in the release. “Her work in identifying self-management support as a vital role in helping reduce perinatal depression can improve maternal health and childhood outcomes in populations at-risk.”
Alhusen earned a BSN from Villanova University in Villanova, Pa., an MSN from Duke University in Durham, N.C., and a PhD from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. She has been the recipient of the prestigious Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award, The Honorable Ruth D. Vogel Professional Development Award and The Southern Nursing Research Society Early Science Investigator Award, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau. She has more than 20 years of experience caring for childbearing women, contributed to more than 20 publications, and participates in several national healthcare organizations such as the American Public Health Association, according to the release.