March 15, 2012
For immediate release
Contact: Gerry Ewing / 503-681-1654
Linda Graham’s advocacy of health and wellness programs was honored with a 2012 Outstanding Practice Award at the recent 7th Annual Living Well Forum in early March in Eugene. The award from the Oregon Health Authority honors educators for their commitment to helping people manage their chronic diseases.
Graham, RN, BSN, serves as Tuality’s Living Well Program Coordinator and started teaching the groundbreaking Living Well with Chronic Conditions class in 2007. The program and class strive to reduce the incidence of chronic and costly doctor’s office visits and hospitalizations by teaching people with chronic conditions how to manage their diseases.
“I was really surprised,” Graham said of the award, one of two OHA awarded to program coordinators. The awards, Graham said, recognized those people who are continually helping to grow Chronic Disease Self Management. “It honors the collaboration we’ve been able to achieve at Tuality,” she said.
Sandy Madsen, Tuality Healthcare’s Parish Nurse Coordinator, nominated Graham for the award. In her nomination letter, Madsen said this of Graham: “Linda is a very hard working, committed individual. She really is an advocate for those suffering with chronic conditions and health disparities. She has been a true champion of the Living Well Program.”
Graham singled out two Tuality administrators for praise. She credits Janet Meyer, chief executive officer of the Tuality Health Alliance, with supplying the seed money to get the Living Well with Chronic Conditions program off the ground. And, she applauded Dr. Thomas Gilberts, Tuality’s chief medical officer, for recognizing the need for a wellness program and helping create Tuality’s Aligning Forces with Quality committee, which champions wellness programs.