Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative Nurse Consultant, Annette Phelps, ARNP, MSN, is the 2016 recipient of the March of Dimes Lawton Chiles Service Award.
The award recognizes an individual whose work has positively influenced the advancement of maternal and child health in the state of Florida in the areas of leadership, advocacy, evidence informed interventions, collaboration, and/or reducing health disparities.
Annette was nominated in the collaboration category for demonstrating leadership that has led to innovative partnerships in maternal and child health resulting in improved outcomes for mothers, infants, and children in improved health outcomes, legislative action, research and clinical interventions, and quality improvement at the state or community level. Collaboration at the individual, organizational, community, and state level is the foundation of her 42-year career that includes patient care, state health policy and program development and management, and perinatal quality improvement leadership and advocacy.
Annette is a committed public health leader with a passion for improving the health and well-being of women, children and families in Florida. A few of the many initiatives she helped cultivate include the statewide Healthy Start program, the nationally-recognized Pregnancy Associated Mortality Reviews Program and Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Program, expanded Medicaid coverage for pregnant women, preconception health, expanded access to family planning and MomCare (a community-based program to improve birth outcomes and reduce infant mortality), and initial political support for the establishment of the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative.
The March of Dimes created the Lawton Chiles Advocacy and Service Award in 1999 to honor the memory of one of Florida’s finest advocates for mothers and babies, the late Governor Lawton Chiles.