Karen Edlund, RN, Future Leader Fund

Karen Edlund, RN, BSN, served as the Director of the SRH Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for 23 years, from 1992 until her retirement in May 2015. During her tenure she developed and managed several critical initiatives that have been key to ensuring access to comprehensive SRH services for the people of Massachusetts. In addition to her leadership with the MA Dept of Health, she has also played an important leadership role with several other organizations. Karen served on several Boards including: NSRH, the Cambridge Health Alliance Public Health Board, Provide, and the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association.

In honor of Karen’s tenure on the Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health (NSRH) Board of Directors and her lifelong commitment to sexual and reproductive health (SRH), NSRH is pleased to announce the Karen Edlund, RN Future Leader Fund. This Fund will support the continued development of future generations of nurse leaders and advocates through two major projects:

  • The KE Future Nurse Leader Award- The Award recognizes excellence in our student Chapter leaders. We invited recommendations from members of our community to help us identify the first award recipient in 2020.
  • The KE Future Nurse Leader Fellowship-  The Fellowship will help us cultivate a more diverse community of nurse leaders in SRH who better reflect the communities they serve, and provide targeted resources and support to help them fulfill their leadership goalsWhile we were excited by the number of amazing candidates for the Future Nurse Leader Award, we were dismayed by the lack of diversity in our candidate pool, which was reflective of an overall lack of diversity in our Chapter Organizing Network. We recognize that in order to diversify our Network, we must devote targeted resources to the recruitment and support of nursing students who are presently underrepresented in our Network (especially Black, Indigenous, and Latinx students). The Fellowship cohort will be comprised of students who:
    1. Attend an ADN or LPN program, and/or
    2. Attend an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), HSI (Hispanic Serving Institutions), or TCU (Tribal Colleges and Universities), and/or
    3. Attend a university or program in an underrepresented region, and/or
    4. Represent an underrepresented group within the sector, and
    5. Are interested in developing themselves as nurse leaders in SRH by either starting NSRH Chapters or leading other relevant efforts on their campuses. 

This year we set a goal of raising $25,000 in support of these programs. 

 Thanks to the generous support of our donors we are over halfway there!  


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