RWJF Public Health Nurse Leader Award

The Future of Nursing West Virginia Action Coalition is pleased to announce that Angela Gray, BSN, RN, Berkeley County Health Department Director of Nursing is one of only 25 nurses from across the country selected as a Public Health Nurse Leader by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


She participated in a two-year leadership development program designed to strengthen the capacity of senior public health nurses to improve health and lead collaboration in their communities. Gray worked closely with the Future of Nursing WV Action Coalition to implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s Report on the Future of Nursing, as part of the National Campaign for Action, which states “What nursing brings to the future is a steadfast commitment to patient care, improved safety and quality, and better outcomes.”

Once the first year of leadership development was completed, a team was assembled to implement the leadership project. The Project Team went to Chicago September 6-9, 2016 to develop an implementation plan for the project.

Angela presented this project and her Berkley County Opiod Risk Reduction Project  at the CDC in Atlanta followed by a graduation reception and dinner sponsored by RWJF (photos below).

Project: Faith/Community Nurse Leadership

Leads: Angela Gray, Public Health Nurse Leader, Aila Accad, FONWV

Partners: WVU School of Nursing, Community Health Nursing
                   West Virginia Healthy Bodies Healthy Spirits Network

                   Immaculate Conception Parish Nurses, Clarksburg

Funding: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

                  Center for Creative Leadership


Proposed Outcomes & Measures of Success

Outcome 1: Strengthen the role of faith-community nurses to improve the 

                      culture of health for WV families using an interdisciplinary team

                      leadership approach

​Outcome 2: Support the expansion of faith-community nursing in WV

​Outcome 3: Develop and implement an online faith-community nursing

                       toolkit & network

RWJF Culture of Health Framework

(l to r) Aila Accad, Joy Buck, Laure Marino, Angy Gray, Donna Riffle

The Team attended the Center for Creative Leadership Training, sponsored by the RWJF September 6-9 in Chicago. This training is part of the Public Health Nurse Leader Award. The project details were refined and approved.

Chicago Leadership Training

Team Leader: Angie Gray

PHNL Project Team

Angie Gray, WV PHNL CDC Presentation and Graduation Event

RWJF Public Health Nurse Leaders