Yale School of Nursing, Yale University's Graduate Nursing Programs

Diversity Action Community Service Awards Presented

November 1, 2008

Yale University School of Nursing recently presented Diversity Action Community Service Awards to two local women who are leaders in bringing better health care to underserved populations.

Connecticut State Senator Toni Nathaniel Harp was recognized for her role as Homeless Service Director at Hill Health Center, a community center targeting special populations, such as homeless people and persons with AIDS. Senator Harp has prioritized managed care reform, helping uninsured children, raising the minimum wage, advocating economic development for cities, encouraging an early detection system for child abuse, supporting truancy court, and ensuring the safety of children in child care.

YSN alumna Lucinda Canty (pictured with Assistant Professor Angelina Chambers), CNM, MSN ‘94 is a certified nurse midwife with 14 years experience providing care in the Hartford area. She was honored for her leadership as the Founder of Soutoura Health and Wellness Center, promoting quality health care and education to women and adolescents. Canty has developed educational and support programs for pregnant teens and teen mothers, and she provides teen reproductive health workshops at local schools and community agencies. In 2008, she was inducted as a Connecticut Health Foundation Health Leadership Fellow.

“These two remarkable women embody the spirit of YSN’s mission, 'better health care for all', and we truly are pleased to recognize Ms. Harp and Ms. Canty for their hard work and dedication to serving the communities of Connecticut,” added Kris Fennie, MPH, PhD, chair of the YSN Diversity Action Committee.