FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            Connecticut Department of Public Health

August 13, 2010                                       Contact: William Gerrish

                                                                (860) 509-7270




Hartford - Glastonbury resident Lisa Davis, RN, BSN, MBA has been selected to receive the University of Connecticut School of Nursing Carolyn Ladd Widmer Outstanding Alumni Award for Leadership in Nursing.  Ms. Davis recently graduated from the three-year Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program and is employed as Chief of the Public Health Initiatives Branch for the state Department of Public Health.


“Lisa is truly deserving of this prestigious award given her remarkable leadership and contributions to nursing and public health,” stated Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. J. Robert Galvin.  “She is an outstanding example of the modern nurse leader, using both her nursing and executive skills to improve the health of Connecticut residents.”


Ms. Davis is a member of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, the newly elected President of the Northern Connecticut Chapter of the Black Nurses Association, Chi Eta Phi (nursing) Sorority Inc, Connecticut Association of Public Health Nurses, Connecticut Public Health Association, Hartford Public High School Nursing Academy Advisory Committee, Goodwin College Board of Trustees, Board of Directors American Red Cross Blood Donor Services and recently appointed to the Donoghue Foundation’s Policy Advisory Committee.  She also serves on the Town of Glastonbury’s Human Relations Commission.


The award was established to honor founding dean of the UConn School of Nursing, Carolyn L. Widmer for her exemplary nursing leadership.  Widmer served as dean of nursing from 1942 to 1967.  On October 23, 2010 a banquet will be held at the UConn Storrs campus where Ms. Davis will be presented with the award.


The Connecticut Department of Public Health is the state’s leader in public health policy and advocacy with a mission to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of our state.  To contact the department, please visit its website at or call (860) 509-7270.