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Public Health and Wellness Names Nurses of the Year

Tuesday June 14, 2011

The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has named its “Nurses of the Year” for 2011. Each year the department names a winner in both the Clinical Nurse and Outreach Nurse categories.

The 2011 winner in the Clinical Nurse category is Carolyn Blair, RN. Carolyn joined the department in 1992 and works in the Kentucky Women’s Cancer Screening Program. Carolyn works with women who are being screened and treated for breast and cervical cancer. During her career in public health nursing, Carolyn has also worked as a primary health clinic nurse, a case management nurse and a tuberculosis clinic nurse.

She lives in Bardstown.

The winner in the Outreach Nurse category is Latacha Stallard, RN. Latacha, who joined the department in 2007, is a case management nurse in the Healthy Start program. Latacha performs home visits in west Louisville neighborhoods advising pregnant women on how to have a safe pregnancy and a healthy baby. After the birth of the child Latacha continues to work with the family until the child reaches age two. The infant mortality rate – the rate at which children die before their first birthday - is more than two and a half times higher in west Louisville than it is in the city as a whole. Healthy Start aims to lower the infant mortality rate in these neighborhoods by making sure that women receive good prenatal care and that young children get needed care at the earliest stage of life.

Latacha Stallard
lives in Shively.

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Carolyn Blair, RN (left) and Latacha STallard, RN (right)