Ann Glasheen – Recipient of William H.J. Haffner American Indian/Alaska Native Women’s Health Award

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February 22, 2013 - 4 minutes read

The Executive Board from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, based in Maryland, voted unanimously to present the ACOG William H.J. Haffner Award to  YKHC’s Ann Glasheen in recognizing her contributions to the discipline of obstetrics and gynecology and “improving prenatal care for American Indian/Alaska Native women in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta.”

In a memo acknowledging Ann Glasheen for her work, the following information was shared:

Background information about The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG):

In the Committee’s role of visiting Indian Health Service (IHS) Areas and providing on-site reviews it has a first hand look at the many dedicated clinicians working in the field of the IHS.  These are men and women who have found innovative ways to provide excellent maternal and child health care with exceedingly limited resources and often in isolated and remote areas. They continue to show incredible fortitude and hope in trying circumstances. The committee felt that it should be commending these heroic efforts and shining a light on the many ways in which the IHS is succeeding.

The Committee wanted to name the award after someone who has been the living example of what the award stands for.  The committee felt that Dr. William Haffner epitomizes this dedication and exceptional service to AI/AN women’s health care.  Dr. Haffner had a long career within the IHS and also has been involved with the ACOG Indian health programs from the beginning. In many cases, he has been the link between ACOG and the IHS in the establishing of the long history of cooperative efforts to improve the health and welfare of AI/AN women.  While Dr. Haffner enjoys recognition and service within the College through his years of service on many committees, he also brings recognition and legitimacy to the role that ACOG has played within the IHS.  He is someone who has and does move between both worlds with ease.  He therefore brings a certain prestige to the award for the IHS as well.  The committee foresees the honoree being recognized at ACOG’s ACM.  This increases the awareness of the role ACOG continues to play in increasing access and quality of health care to AI/AN women with the IHS and Tribes.

Criteria for Award/Recognition of the ACOG William H.J. Haffner Award:

  •  A clinician who has been outstanding in AI/AN women’s health care.
  •  The clinician could be but does not have to be an ob/gyn. Any health care professional such as family physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, registered nurses etc. could be eligible for the award.
  •   Awardees must demonstrate a commitment and dedication to providing exceptional health care to AI/AN women.
  •   They must be currently working within an IHS or Tribal position or recently retired.

Ann Glasheen has been a Women’s Health Nurse Practioner with YKHC since the early 1990’s and she was featured in the 2012 March issue of the YKHC Messenger. Click here for more information about this outstanding provider at YKHC.

The college will host and present the award to Ann Glasheen during their Annual Clinic Meeting of the College in New Orleans, Louisiana later this year.

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