Haffner Award


  2019 William H.J. Haffner Award

The 2019 William H. J. Haffner Award will be officially announced during the 2019 Annual and Scientific Meeting on May 4, 2019, in Nashville, TN.

CAPT Rachel Locker, MD

Dr. Rachel Locker will be recognized during the ACOG Course: Best Practices in Women’s Health: Focus on American Indian / Alaska Native Women’s Health on Monday, August 5, 2019, in Oklahoma City, OK. She has been awarded for her exemplary leadership and her career-long commitment to the highest standards of clinical care for women through her practice of Family Medicine at the Warm Springs Health and Wellness Center, Warm Springs, OR, and for her numerous impactful roles in the Portland Area Indian Health Service (IHS) regionally and the entire IHS nationally.

She is a highly skilled provider of culturally sensitive and clinically appropriate women’s health care and prenatal care at Warm Springs, effectively coordinating that care within the local community and with the local hospitals. In her role as Clinical Director she assures that the same high standards are met by all of the other providers, as well. She is an effective voice within a multi-community group that has been tasked with guiding decisions for regional obstetrical and neonatal care. For more than two decades she has been a critical and highly effective catalyst for the development and promotion of culturally appropriate training materials in support of the local and state-wide sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse prevention and intervention efforts within the American Indian and non-Indian communities. She is widely recognized as the subject matter expert in these areas in the Portland Area and throughout the IHS. Among her many professional recognitions and honors, she is recipient of the IHS National Council of Clinical Directors Outstanding Physician of the Year Award and the Direct Services Tribes Outstanding Achievement Award for Service in the IHS Direct Care Programs.

Dr. Locker, by her sustained superior performance, career-long commitment to quality clinical care and education, and her dedication to promoting and advancing the health and well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native women has clearly earned the distinction of being the 2019 recipient of the prestigious award of the Committee on American Indian and Alaska Native Women’s Health of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the “Haffner Award.”

Call for 2020 William H. J. Haffner Award nominations will be solicited in Fall 2019.



Previous recipients of this prestigious award include:

Glen Kishi, MD, Obstetrician-Gynecologist (2018)

Ursula Knoki-Wilson, Certified Nurse Midwife (2017)

Amanda Leib, MD, Obstetrician-Gynecologist (2016)

Marilyn Pierce-Bulger, Certified Nurse Midwife (2015)

John S. Condojani, DO, Family Practitioner (2014)

Ann Glasheen, Family Nurse Practitioner (2013)

Judith Thierry, DO, Pediatrician (2012)

Nigel Wappett, MD, Obstetrician-Gynecologist (2011)



Yvonne Malloy
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