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Shaw Honored for Child Health Improvement Work

Release Date: 09-29-2010

Author: Jennifer Nachbur
Phone: 802/656-7875 Fax: 802-656-3961

Vermont Child Health Improvement Program Executive Director Judith Shaw, Ed.D., M.P.H., R.N., was recognized with a 2010 Puppets' Choice Award from Puppets in Education, a Burlington, Vt.-based nonprofit organization that teaches children how to keep themselves safe and healthy and appreciate each other's differences through the use of life-sized puppets. Shaw received the award at the organization's annual awards luncheon on September 28, 2010. Patricia Prelock, Ph.D., University of Vermont (UVM) dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and professor of communication sciences and pediatrics, also received an award at the event.

Established in 2001, the Puppets' Choice Award honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions advocating for children in the state of Vermont. As part of its 10th annual award ceremony, Puppets in Education honored seven recipients in six categories related to its mission. Shaw, who was honored with an award in the "Healthy Bodies" category, was recognized for her outstanding and inspirational leadership and collaboration with others to improve systems of care that affect the health and well-being of children in Vermont and throughout the country.

Shaw has served as VCHIP's executive director since its inception in 1999. She is also research associate professor of pediatrics and nursing at UVM. The co-editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) publication Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents (Third Edition, 2007), she is a co-recipient of the 2008 Green Mountain Pediatrician Award from the Vermont Chapter of the AAP, among other honors.