Michelle Cravetz Earns the Public Health Nurse Creative Achievement Award

Doctoral student Michelle Cravetz, MS, RN-BC, APHN-BC, received the Public Health Nurse Creative Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association (APHA), Public Health Nursing Section on October 30 at the APHA’s 140th Annual Meeting. The Public Health Nurse Creative Achievement Award recognizes “an individual's exceptional and creative contribution to public health nursing administration, education, practice, or research.”

Michelle’s contribution to public health nursing spans a career of over 37 years when she began work at a local health department following completion of her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree from Keuka College. She moved on to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) after several years and served in numerous public health nursing roles including Maternal and Child Health consultant nurse, School Health Program director, regional director of Preventive Services in the Capital Region and the Metropolitan NY Regional Office, director of Migrant Health, clinical consultant to the American Indian Health Program, director of Rural Health, assistant director of the Bureau of Dental Health, and director of Women's Health and Vulnerable Populations coordinator. In addition, Michelle worked with Head Start as a training and technical assistance provider and a Health Program reviewer. Following her retirement from NYSDOH, Michelle served as executive director of the Association of State and Territorial Directors of Nursing.

In addition to being a DrPH student, Michelle works with the school’s Center for Public Health Continuing Education on the PHN Ready Program and has recently prepared a pilot of immunization detailing. She is currently involved in writing content for public health continuing education offerings.

Michelle is also an instructor in the RN-to-BSN program and Masters in Nursing Program at Keuka College.