Tanja Hanson (right) receiving her award during the PHABC 2019 conference & AGM.
Powell River public health program leader Tanja Hanson won the Phyllis M. Baird Memorial Award for 2019 from the Public Health Association of British Columbia (PHABC).
The Baird Award is given to a community health nurse practicing in a rural area of BC who works in a provincial health unit and demonstrates excellence in practice. Here’s the reasons she was this year’s winner according to PHABC:
Tanja is a practicing Registered Nurse and program leader for the Vancouver Coastal Health Public Health and Prevention program in Powell River. Tanja exhibits excellent in Public Health Nursing practice and leadership. She holds herself to high standards of evidence-informed practice and strives to integrate public health competencies in all of the work that she does.
Tanja demonstrates a leadership style that is warm, compassionate, courteous, perceptive and poised. She is highly regarded by her local and regional public health colleagues. Tanja holds a very busy position, yet she never hesitates to take on a challenge and she does this with grace and merit.
She has taken part in numerous regional Public Health Nursing working groups looking at matters such as perinatal depression and anxiety pathways, standardization of youth services, and breastfeeding education modules for nurses. Tanja is often the first to offer support to both her local and regional colleagues to promote best practice initiatives. This past year, she has advocated for the nurses in her area to have the opportunity to increase their knowledge around infant mental health and trauma informed practice.
Tanja also exemplifies excellence in community advocacy and engagement. She has been very influential in supporting and advocating for respectful and non-judgemental harm reduction services in her community when Powell River was identified as having a high incidence of substance overdose deaths.
Another area of passion and advocacy is social/emotional health in children. She actively worked with community agencies on Powell River Early Years programming. This multiagency collaboration worked tirelessly to reduce barriers and maintain access to early years programs for all families in their community, when previously held funding was withdrawn. They were successful in obtaining grant money for the “ORCA” bus program which delivers free early years programming to all areas of the community.
Tanja Hanson is a remarkable public health leader.