Barbara C. French School Health Advocacy Award

Award Criteria
This award goes to an individual who successfully achieved:

  • Collaboration on legislative and/or regulatory school health /school nursing initiative(s) with key stakeholders or;
  • Demonstrates successful collaboration and commitment on School Health/School Nursing initiatives, programs or projects.

The first annual Barbara French School Health Advocacy Award was presented to its' namesake Barbara French on 27 Oct 2017 .

 Barbara is a former school nurse and took her knowledge of school nursing to her legislative practice as a NH State Representative.  French represented Merrimack 6 from 1992 to 1994; 1996 to 2010 and again from 2012 to 2016 when she retired at the age of 90.

Born on July 1, 1926, French earned her first degree from “the University of New Hampshire; B.S.N. from Cornell University, New York Hospital School of Nursing and M.Ed. from Mount Saint Mary College. Her professional experience includes working as a school nurse in Concord; clinical nurse at Cornell University – New York Hospital; head nurse instructor at New Hampshire State Hospital; child welfare social worker at the State of New Hampshire Department of Welfare and drug education consultant at the New Hampshire Department of Education.”

19 Oct 2018


2019 Barbara French Award

November 2019:  We had two award selections this year by NHSNA. The Barbara C. French award recipients were Polly Campion- D, and Linda Tanner-D, House of Representatives, who wrote the legislation and supported the new law for the permanent position of the School Nurse Coordinator in the DOE

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