ANA Mourns the Passing of Maribeth Badura

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ANA Mourns the Passing of Former Illinois Nurses Association President, Maribeth Badura
11/17/10
SILVER SPRING, MD – The American Nurses Association (ANA) joins the nursing community in mourning the recent passing of Maribeth Badura, MSN, RN, a former president for the Illinois Nurses Association. An active ANA member, Badura testified before Congress on the uninsured, and chaired several national committees dealing with nurse workforce issues for ANA.

As a public health visionary and leader in maternal and child health, Badura had served as the long-time director of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services Division, Health Resources and Services Division with the Department of Health and Human Services in Rockville, Maryland. Badura also played an integral role in the creation of the National Healthy Start (HS) Program to eliminate health disparities and infant mortality, particularly among high risk populations.

A Milwaukee native educated in Chicago, Badura was originally stationed in HRSA’s Chicago Field Office serving as Nurse Consultant for the Midwest area. In 1993, she relocated to Washington, D.C. as project officer and became a HS Branch Chief in 1995. In 1998, she became the Acting Director for the MCHB Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services and was named as the Director in 2004. She recently received the National Perinatal Association’s National/International MCH Award; the MCHB Director’s Achievement Award; and the U.S. Public Health Service Minnegerode Award for Nursing Excellence - Gregg Group Award for Teamwork.

A Maribeth Badura Memorial Fund is being established to support and further her work on the health needs of underserved and un-served infants, women, mothers, and families. For more information on contributing to the Maribeth Badura Memorial Fund, please contact Karen Hench (khench@hrsa.gov or 301-443-0543).

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