Begg named Public Health Nurse of the Year

Karen Begg, RN, was name as Public Health Nurse of the Year at the West Virginia Public Health Association Conference in September at Glade Springs.

Begg has been employed as nursing director at the Randolph-Elkins Health Department for more than 10 years. She also serves as assistant administrator, oversees the Community Health Program, and is actively involved in preparing the agency for national accreditation for local health departments.

Begg has been active in the WVPHA for 10 years and presently serves as representative to the American Public Health Association. As a member of the Nursing Section of WVPHA, she has served as chair elect, vice chair, chair, chair of the Liaison Committee and worked to improve the Lamplighter Newsletter.

She serves on many community boards including North Central West Virginia Community Action and served two terms as secretary and is currently on the Outreach Committee. She is a member of the West Virginia Immunization Network, Randolph County Housing Authority Wellness Collaborative Committee, alternate delegate for the West Virginia Association of Local Health Departments for the agency and previously served for six years on the board of directors for the Randolph County FRN.

She was a Friend of the Valley Health Library, member of the Expanded School Mental Health Core Panel and a board member for the Gateway Project. She served as a Sunday school teacher in the past and plays the piano.

She was recognized as co-chair of the West Virginia Immunization Network. She is a certified tobacco cessation specialist and diabetes prevention educator.

As a community public health nurse, she is very involved in the community; serving the community in her professional role and at a personal level as well. In honor of her late husband, she helped raise money for a “RUN” event that benefits the community.

Judy Guye Swanson, chair of the Randolph County Board of Health, said “Karen is an outstanding employee who is fully deserving of this award.”

Linda Sanders, administrator, added, “Karen makes my job easier by taking on additional responsibilities whenever asked. She is a great representative for the agency and for public health nursing.”