The National Indian Health Board recognized Chris Davis on Oct. 6 with its Outstanding Service Award, according to a news release sent by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

Based in Washington, D.C., the National Indian Health Board represents Tribal governments through collective advocacy, program development, policy formation and analysis, the news release said. The Outstanding Service Award recognizes individuals or organizations whose work has made an impact on American Indian/Alaska Native health care.

Davis, who works as the Band's clinic coordinator, was nominated for her collaborative leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and for her tireless efforts to ensure the clinics under her management could remain operational and safe, the news release said.

Davis began her career as a front desk receptionist and was encouraged to consider nursing by the nurses she worked with.

Advocating for better health services within the greater FDL region motivates Davis.

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"I'm a clinical manager by profession, but I'll always be a nurse at heart," she said in the news release. "And if there is a service someone is eligible for, then I want to make sure they get it. I'm very lucky to work with a group of professionals who share that belief and support not just the community, but each other, to get through this pandemic."

She accepted the award on behalf of the 80 staff members she works with.

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