Health Notes: Fond du Lac nurse wins Minnesota maternal, child health awardA public health nurse who works for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is one of two winners of a statewide award for promoting good health in mothers, children and adolescents.
By: John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
A public health nurse who works for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is one of two winners of a statewide award for promoting good health in mothers, children and adolescents.
Danielle Le Bon Gort of Superior received a Betty Hubbard Maternal and Child Health Leadership Award at this year’s Maternal and Child Health Advisory Task Force meeting in St. Paul, a news release from the Minnesota Department of Health said.
Le Bon Gort, the maternal and child health team leader for the Fond du Lac Band, received the award for her work within the Fond du Lac community and Northeastern Minnesota. She works out of the Center for American Indian Resources in Duluth.
Le Bon Gort has worked as a public health nurse with the Fond du Lac Band for 10 years. Deb Smith, public health nursing department coordinator for the Fond du Lac, said she thinks of Le Bon Gort “in the superlatives. She’s been an amazing nurse.”
Smith cited Le Bon Gort’s development of a doula program for American Indian women in the community. A doula is a person trained to assist women in the birthing process. Smith said the program was particularly needed here because “a number of American Indian women don’t have that support anymore, particularly in the Duluth area.”
In an e-mail, Le Bon Gort said the pleasure has been hers.
“Every day I learn from the amazing families I have the honor to walk with and the outstanding nurses who put their whole heart into their work with families,” she wrote.
The Betty Hubbard Awards, presented annually since 1990, are named for one of the original members of the Maternal and Child Health Advisory Task Force.
Both Smith and Le Bon Gort earned statewide awards from the state health department this year. In September, Smith received the Jim Parker Leadership Award, noting that she had been instrumental in collaborating across tribes and with surrounding counties on measures to improve the health of tribe members of all ages.
The news, published in the Duluth News Tribune and numerous other outlets on Nov. 29, was surprising: Minnesota had the third-highest percentage of children who entered kindergarten without all of the required exemptions, at 6.5 percent. The Associated Press analysis carried the headline, “More kids skip school shots in 8 states” in the News Tribune.
Surprising but wrong, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
In a news release, the health department said AP calculated its rate by counting all vaccine-specific exemptions rather than the number of individual students claiming exemptions. So if a child was exempted from chicken pox vaccine (varicella); measles, mumps and rubella; and hepatitis B, it was counted three times. The analysis relied on 2010-11 data the health department submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the health department, its data show 1,139 kindergartners were given “philosophical” exemptions and 58 were given medical exemptions for the 2010-11 school year, out of a total enrollment of 69,712. That’s a rate of 1.7 percent. The data were submitted by about 83 percent of the state’s school districts.
Sexual violence surveyed
Every minute, 24 people in the United States are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner.
That’s the conclusion of findings released on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey provides data on several types of violence that have not previously been measured in a national population-based survey, the CDC said in a news release.
According to the report, nearly one in five women have been raped at some time in her life, and one in four women have been a victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in her lifetime. Among men, about one in seven has experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner at some point.