Olsen named 2010 Champion in Women's Health
(1/18/10): Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Associate Degree –
Nursing instructor Jeanette Olsen has recently been named the 2010 Champion in
Women’s Health award recipient for her work with women in the area of Rural
“I was initially very surprised,” said Olsen. “Dr. Jane
Kotchen nominated me primarily for work that was done as part of the Healthier
Wisconsin Partnership Program grant in Cumberland, Wis. She was our academic
partner and I was the project director during the three-year initiative. I feel
very privileged to have been a part of the grant project (Healthier Cumberland)
and certainly feel that our success was due to our partnerships.”
Sue Ann Thompson, president and founder of the Wisconsin
Women’s Health Foundation, found Olsen to be an exemplary leader in promoting
the quality of life for Wisconsin women and their families. Her support upholds
the pillars of the Foundation’s efforts and is truly instrumental in raising the
level of care and awareness for women’s health issues now and into the future.
“I am very honored to receive the award and it motivates me
to want to work even harder to improve health in our area,” Olsen said. “I am
excited to be able to do this by continuing to volunteer with Healthier
Cumberland, working as a reserve nurse at Cumberland Memorial Hospital and
teaching nursing at WITC.”
“Jeanette is just terrific,” said Mary Ann Pebler,
Divisional Dean of Allied Health at WITC. “Obviously, we are lucky to have
Olsen is also appreciative of the hard work and support of
the Healthier Cumberland partners: 3M Cumberland, Augustana Lutheran Church, the
Cumberland School District, and Cumberland Memorial Hospital, as well as many
community volunteers and participants.
“I'd also like to thank Mary Jean Jergenson, who wrote the
grant and served as both the primary community contact and health coach; Dr.
Jane Kotchen, our academic partner; Beth Narges, project assistant; and all of
the health coaches,” Olsen said. She also acknowledges WITC instructors Clare
Janty and Kathy Riemer for their work on the project.
Olsen received her award during a private reception in May in Madison.