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Stephanie Morgan, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, has been selected for a 2022 Texas Nurse Practitioners (TNP) Community Impact Award, given annually to dedicated Texas nurse practitioners (NPs) who have made exceptional contributions to the health and well-being of their communities.

Morgan received the award September 24 during TNP’s 34th Annual Fall Conference. “Nurse practitioners again faced numerous challenges in 2022, both as we adjusted to a return to normalcy and dealt with significant societal changes in the wake of COVID-19. As always, our NPs rose to those challenges and played a crucial role in helping Texans everywhere get the care they needed, ranging from family practice and obstetrics to pediatrics and mental health care,” said TNP President Cindy Weston, DNP, APRN, CCRN, CNS-CC, FNP-BC, CHSE.

“FromStephanie’s duties as director of the two UT-Austin School of Nursing Wellness Clinics to her unwavering commitment to making vaccines available to the people of her community – both on-campus and off – she was a shining star in providing health care to the people who need it the most.”

In addition to co-leading the COVID-19 vaccine operations at the university, Morgan co-created and led the University’s two vaccine outreach programs – Vaccine No Waste (VaxNoW) and Vaccine Administration Mobile Operations (VAMOS) – designed to reach community members who lacked access to the vaccine elsewhere in the Austin area. It has been estimated that her efforts helped more than 100,000 community members receive the vaccine.