Thank you for honoring one of two African American PNP's in the State of Oregon. I am writing as the other PNP who is not retired, but FIRED. Wilma deserves all of the honor and praise as one who has certainly made a difference in the lives of many, many children and families of our community. The article she wrote and was published, highlights the need for medical professional of color to be reflected in our schools, remain in the community to reflect the ethnic-oriented health care needed, and are committed to excellence in the health care of all. I will be attending the community celebration of this Sunday, Aug. 3rd and will applaud her commitment to continue the effort towards augmenting the health of the community and facilitation wellness among all. I applaud her experience, exposure, and expertise in recognizing and rising to the occasion to serve her community, remain a mentor and role model, and be all that she needed to be to see that health care was determined by keeping the care in health care. Thank you for the opportunity to honor this most worthy PNP of color.
Mariah A. Taylor, RN, CPNP, PhD