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Susan D. Moch honored for contributions to public health nursing practice

October 24, 2012
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EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Susan D. Moch, professor of nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, recently was recognized by the Wisconsin Public Health Association for her extraordinary contributions to support the practice of public health nursing.

Moch received the 2012 Academic Linkages, Mary Adelaide Nutting Award, presented to a public health nurse, academic faculty member or organization to recognize exemplary linkages between academia and practice at a local, regional or state level that advances public health nursing practice.

In her roles on the grant development committee for the statewide Linking Education and Practice for Excellence in Public Health Nursing (LEAP) project and on the LEAP Advisory Council, Moch provided input on the direction of the LEAP project. The focus of LEAP is to improve competency for public health nursing practice in a changing public health system by educating public health nurses, student nurses and nursing faculty to provide population-based, culturally competent public health nursing services.

Moch also has written proposals and obtained funding to assess communications between UW-Eau Claire's College of Nursing and Health Sciences and local public health nurses. Data from that study was used to substantiate the need for a community coordinator position within the college. She also developed an initiative to assist the practice partners in the WPHA Western Region in applying for grant funding to support research by undergraduate nurses immersed at public health sites in the region.

Moch has been a statewide, regional and local supporter of academic-public health practice linkages. She has published extensively on evidence-based practice; in 2010 alone, three of her articles were published in the Journal of Professional Nursing.

In a letter nominating her for the award, colleagues described Moch as "truly a professional academic nursing leader who has provided significant leadership for years in academic/practice linkages in Wisconsin public health nursing. Due to her vision and leadership, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire College of Nursing and Health Sciences has more extended and solidified collaborative partnerships, which is of benefit not only to the local health departments, but to the health of the populations we serve."

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