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The 2020 William H.J. Haffner Award

On behalf of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the College Committee on American Indian and Alaska Native Women’s Health is extremely pleased to announce that Capt. Suzanne England, DNP, CNM, is the 2020 recipient of the Haffner Award for her career-long commitment to the highest standards of clinical care for American Indian and Alaska Native Women. It is expected that the award will be presented to her in a ceremony at the 2021 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting. Read the complete announcement.

The ACOG Outstanding AI/AN Women’s Health Care Clinician Award, also known as the William H.J. Haffner AI/AN Women’s Health Award, recognizes the exceptional efforts of those individuals who have made major contributions to improving the quality of American Indian/Alaska Native women’s health and health care. 

Nominations for this award will be solicited later this year  from throughout the Indian health care system. Award nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a health care professional (e.g. obstetrician-gynecologist, family physician, registered nurse, certified nurse-midwife, nurse practitioner, etc.)
  • Clearly demonstrate a long-term commitment and dedication to providing exceptional care to American Indian/Alaska Native Women
  • Currently work in an Indian Health Service or Tribal position or be recently retired from such a position

The nomination process will begin later this year. Nominations will be reviewed and scored by the awards committee of the ACOG Committee on American Indian/Alaska Native Women’s Health. An endowed fund raised by contributions from friends of ACOG and its Indian women’s health initiatives, supplemented by ACOG’s overall endowment, support the cost of sustaining this annual award process.

Please consider nominating a provider who demonstrates the outstanding caliber of those already recognized when the nominations are opened for the next award cycle.  Clinicians could be, but do not need to be, obstetricians and gynecologists. Any health care professional such as a family physician, physician assistant, registered nurse, certified nurse midwife, or nurse practitioner can be nominated for this award. 

Nominees must clearly demonstrate sustained commitment and dedication to providing exceptional care to AI/AN women, and they must be currently working within an IHS or Tribal position or be recently retired from such a position.

The chair of the ACOG AI/AN Committee on Women’s Health serves as the chair of the awards committee. The IHS Chief Clinical Consultant for Obstetrics and Gynecology serves as a non-voting resource to the awards committee. An endowed fund raised by contributions from friends of ACOG and its Indian women’s health initiatives is matched by the College’s overall endowment to support the cost of sustaining this annual award process.