October 17, 2017

Purdue prof. wins a Hulman Health Achievement Award

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Kathleen Abrahamson, an associate professor in Purdue University’s School of Nursing, has been awarded a Hulman Health Achievement Award in the Health Science and Research category. She will receive her award from the Indiana Public Health Association at the Indiana History Center in Indianapolis on Oct. 19.

Abrahamson will receive the Excellence in Public Health Science Research award, which recognizes those who conduct impactful, innovative research that focuses on disease prevention, health promotion and population health outcomes.

Abrahamson’s research is focused on social and organizational factors that impact health services delivery. Her research addresses nursing home quality, patient safety and the work environment of nurses. Her work with the Indiana Safer Medication Administration Regimens and Treatments campaign, or SMART, seeks to improve prescribing culture and practice within Indiana nursing homes. Changes to these practices could improve the lives and protect the safety of vulnerable Indiana nursing home residents, while allowing individuals and public funding mechanisms such as Medicaid to save money.


“Kathleen’s insightful and novel approach to understanding and addressing quality in long-term care continues to transform health-care delivery,” said Jane Kirkpatrick, interim head of the Purdue School of Nursing. “Dr. Abrahamson’s impactful solutions to pervasive health-care delivery problems, her record of success in teaching and research, and the robust pace of her scholarship at Purdue clearly speak to her knowledge and ability.”

Abrahamson earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and graduate degrees from Purdue University and Western Illinois University. 

Writer: Tim Doty, 765-496-2571, doty2@purdue.edu 

Source: Jane Kirkpatrick, jmkirk@purdue.edu

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