2009 Federal Health Care Executive Award for Achievement

Federal Health Care Executive Special Achievement Award

The Award is sponsored by the American Hospital Association, Federal Hospital Constituency Section, and recognizes a federal healthcare executive who has distinguished himself/herself through singularly significant achievements, which have contributed substantially to the mission of the federal health system.

The recipient of the 2009 Executive Special Achievement Award is LCDR Megan Wohr, Indian Health Service, Division of Epidemiology, National Tobacco Control Specialist, Phoenix Indian Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz.    LCDR Wohr exemplifies commitment to excellence in her performance and dedication.  She is a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service, currently assigned to the Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention under the title of IHS Tobacco Control Specialist.  She is also coordinator of the National IHS Tobacco Control Task Force, a multidisciplinary team consisting of volunteer representatives from across the Indian Health system as well as partners from tobacco control organizations.  Additionally, she coordinates the Office of Women's Health Low Socio-Economic Women Tobacco Health Resources and Services Administration and the IHS Collaboration Project, overseeing $400,000 in funds for clinical demonstration projects in IHS/Tribal/Urban facilities.

A clinical pharmacy specialist since 2000, Wohr earned both her National Clinical Certification in Nicotine Cessation and her Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification in 2003.  Wohr is responsible for the development, field testing and implementation of the IHS Tobacco Control Fieldbook, Implementing Tobacco Control in the Primary Healthcare Setting, and IHS Tobacco Intervention Skills Certification.  As such, she has planned and implemented a tobacco prevention and treatment program at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center Centers of Excellence that has helped many patients.  She has also worked with traditional Indian medicine providers to create a tobacco-free workplace that respects and recognizes the traditional use of tobacco in ceremonies.

Wohr participates in numerous health promotion activities, is a member of the Executive Board of the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arizona and serves as a mentor for new United States Public Health Service Officers.  She serves on the Department of Health and Human Services' Tobacco Prevention and Control Working Group.


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