Longtime PPWNM Staff Member Honored with Statewide Award

Published: | Updated: 09.28.13

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan  Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) is proud to congratulate PPWNM Director of Quality and Risk Management Janet Isabell, winner of the Michigan Reproductive Health Distinguished Service Award for 2013.

The award is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Michigan Public Health Institute, and the recipient is recognized at the annual Michigan Family Planning Update, a statewide conference which was held this year on September 2425 at Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa in Thompsonville.

Isabell is a women's health nurse practitioner and has served with Planned Parenthood for more than 36 years! Over the years, Isabell has worked directly with clients as a clinician, and has supervised staff as a health center manager, before taking on her current role.

"Janet's experience has been invaluable to our staff, as well as to the many County Health Departments we partner with and State committees she has served on over all these years," said PPWNM Vice President of Medical Services Bridget White, who nominated Isabell for the award.

"Her focus on operational details, technical quality management, and compassionate care for our clients has been unprecedented. Janet has been a leader and role model in many capacities, and is admired and respected by her staff and colleagues across the state," added White.

According to the award's criteria:
The Reproductive Health Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual and celebrates the signing of the December 26, 1970 enactment of Title X of the Public Health Act  the only federal program dedicated to providing family planning services nationwide. The award was created in honor of the historic accomplishment of Congress and meant to invigorate the commitment to and passion for reproductive health and improved health outcomes of Michigan citizens. It is awarded for outstanding contributions to reproductive health in Michigan and is presented to an individual whose efforts to further reproductive health in Michigan exemplify individuals who have tenaciously upheld the established federal law.

"It is an honor and surprise to receive this award  I didn't even know I'd been nominated!" said Isabell, "Thank you to MDCH and MPHI for this award, and to the amazing staff and leadership at PPWNM, for providing opportunities for Michigan women to plan their families and have control over their health and their lives."



PPWNM is headquartered in Grand Rapids and operates eight health centers located in Big Rapids, Grand Rapids, Ionia, Marquette, Muskegon, Petoskey, Traverse City, and Wyoming. PPWNM is a non-profit organization serving approximately 15,000 clients per year with sexual health care and sexuality education services. Learn more at

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