1/29/2015: Each year, NECHA is pleased to award the Louise Gazzara Award and the President’s Award. Nominated by their colleagues, these awards recognize college health professionals, who have made significant contributions to the students they serve as well as their institution, community, and the field of college health.
The NECHA Awards Committee has extended the deadline for accepting nominations for 2015 to Tuesday, September 1. To download a nomination form for either the President’s or Louise Gazzara Award, click the appropriate hotlink below.
Current NECHA board members are not eligible for the President’s or Louise Gazzara award. Recipients of the awards in 2015 will receive a free registration to the NECHA 2016 Annual Meeting in Newport, Rhode Island.
Award recognition for 2014 took place at the NECHA 2014 Annual Meeting in October.
NECHA President’s Award – Cheryl Flynn, MD, MS, MA
The 2014 NECHA President’s Award recipient is Dr. Cheryl Flynn, Medical Director at The University of Vermont. To quote from one of her nomination letters, “She embodies the highest standards for what college health stands for. She has, no doubt, touched many other students as well through her dedication to high quality care. I have often believed that a good college health center provides “concierge care” in a “medical home” and has done so well ahead of the medical community outside college health. Dr. Flynn exemplifies that concept and is a role model for us all.”
Louise Gazzara Award – Geraldine “Gerri” Taylor, MS, ANP-BC
The 2014 NECHA Louise Gazzara Award recipient is Gerri Taylor. The Director of Student Health Services at Bentley University and Assistant Dean for Health & Prevention, her accomplishments go far beyond her campus. To quote one small part of a nomination letter, “…locally and nationally Gerri works tirelessly for NECHA, ACHA, and CHAND. She does this because she truly believes in contributing to the field of college health and she is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of college students. She consistently looks for opportunities to work with her colleagues and takes on tasks with enthusiasm and commitment. Her contributions have improved the health and wellbeing of the students at Bentley and students across the country.”
This award recognizes the contributions to College Health by an individual working in the field from the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont. The individual selected should have made significant contributions to the students they serve as well as their institution, and the field of college health. The nominee should be a creative, innovative, dedicated leader and mentor, known for their sharing and caring. This award represents the highest recognition given by the New England College Health Association.
This award honors a college health nurse who has made outstanding contributions to NECHA, her/his college or university, and the profession. The award was originally established by CHAND (College Health Association of Nurse Directors) in 1992 to honor Louise Gazzara on the occasion of her retirement after 25 distinguished years as Director of Nursing at Tufts University. Louise was also a longstanding member of NECHA, serving as president in 1982, and ACHA. In 2000, NECHA assumed responsibility for the Louise Gazzara Award, continuing to use the criteria established by CHAND.