Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization receives MLK Service Award

Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization receives MLK Service Award

The UW School of Nursing is proud to announce that the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization has received the annual UW Health Sciences Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award.

Each year, the UW Health Sciences Administration pays tribute to Dr. King with an annual celebration honoring his life and legacy. At this annual tribute, each UW Health Science school honors a selected member or group from among its students, staff, faculty, or broader connected community who are engaged in community service and volunteerism. 

The service award honors individuals or groups who exemplify Dr. King’s principles through a commitment to addressing community needs, particularly communities of color and low income, development and implementation of significant programs to improve the human condition, and outstanding efforts to protect and empower all individuals.

“With all that the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization does – from supporting students through scholarships and leadership mentoring to programs that address health issues among underserved communities – they are most deserving of this award,” said Dr. Azita Emami, executive dean of the UW School of Nursing.

Established in 1949, the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization is a completely volunteer organization of nurses throughout the greater Seattle area. Their organization is named in honor of Mary Mahoney, the pioneering first graduate nurse of color in the United States, who graduated from the New England Hospital for Women and Children in Boston, Mass. in 1879.

The primary mission of the organization is to provide financial aid and scholarships to students of African heritage who pursue studies leading to careers in professional nursing. In addition, organizations’ members volunteered for health screenings in order to address the disparities in health care of African Americans and low income individuals in the greater Seattle area.

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