NPWH awards Giama WHO Dedicated Year of the Nurse and the Midwife Award

Nov 13, 2020

The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) awarded Clinical Associate Professor Nasra Giama, DNP, RN, PHN, the 2020 WHO Dedicated Year of the Nurse and the Midwife Award.

The award is a first of its kind and will only be recognized in 2020, the WHO dedicated Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Giama received the award at the NPWH 23rd Premier Annual Women’s Healthcare Conference in October.

“Our winners shine a spotlight on what makes a great WHNP provider: dedication, innovation, and a deep care for women and diverse populations.”
 - Heather Maurer, MA, CEO of NPWH

The award recognizes Giama’s commitment and demonstrated years of work in health justice and the underserved female African immigrant community. She was selected for the award because of her understanding of social determinants of health and the needs of the immigrant population, her deep passion for her community and Somali culture.

“This year’s awardees demonstrate the depth and richness of the WHNP profession, as well as the vast contributions to women’s health care across the lifespan,” said Heather Maurer, MA, CEO of NPWH. “Our winners shine a spotlight on what makes a great WHNP provider: dedication, innovation, and a deep care for women and diverse populations.”

Giama has long engaged with groundbreaking research that addresses Hepatitis B and liver cancer disparities among African refugees in Minnesota. She has provided state leadership in the response to the threat posed by the recent measles outbreak and is a leader in the Somali Health Advisory committee in southeastern Minnesota. She is the assistant director of the School of Nursing Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity committee and teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the school, where she has done extensive work to internationalize public health nursing education.