Cheryl Perry, BSN, who is studying to become a family nurse practitioner at the University of Arkansas, received the 2016 Award of Excellence for Advocacy from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
The award is given by AANP to a person from each state who has contributed toward increased awareness and acceptance of the role of an NP.
"The majority of my interest and research has been focused on issues related to advanced practice nursing, specifically researching barriers to nurse practitioners' ability to practice at the full extent of their education and training," said Perry.
She has served as grassroots coordinator on the committee for health policy of the Arkansas Nurse Association since 2014, planning and organizing for the group's healthcare colleagues and stakeholders.
"Once I finish my doctorate," Perry added, "I hope to continue my health policy advocacy at the state and national levels and to improve access to care at the community level by operating a mobile clinic to bring healthcare services to medically underserved communities in rural Arkansas."
Perry hopes to model her clinic after The Health Wagon mobile.