Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing faculty member Lori Edwards, MPH, BC, APRN, RN has been named the 2007 Nurse Hero by The Daily Record for her leadership in the field of community health.
Edwards, who is a member of the Community Public Health Department, was honored for her work in Baltimore’s communities and her leadership of the JHUSON Community Outreach Program. Each year, the program educates, trains, and places 150+ dedicated student nurses as community volunteers in more than 40 community agencies that provide extensive health-related services to the most underserved people in Baltimore. Edwards’ programs include Project HEAL, which provides support for struggling families with small children in the African-American and Hispanic communities, and the Amazing Grandmothers’ project, which provides support for grandmothers raising their grandchildren due to family substance abuse, a major issue for Baltimore City.
In her nomination of Edwards, JHUSON Dean Martha N. Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN noted, “Lori Edwards is a true hero who works tirelessly to reach Baltimore’s individuals, families, and neighborhoods most in need-and teaches others to do the same.”
The annual program salutes local unsung heroes in six categories: Advancements in Health Care, Community Outreach, Volunteer, Physician Hero, Nurse Hero, and Health Care Professional Hero. Previous winners from JHUSON include: 2006 Nurse Heroes Cynda Rushton and Dan Sheridan; 2005 Nurse Heroes Jacquelyn Campbell, Phyllis Sharps, Benita Walton-Moss; 2005 Volunteer Hero Beth Sloand (top winner); and 2004 Nurse Heroes Carmalyn Dorsey and Marion D’Lugoff.