Nursing Faculty Member Receives National Honor

Eden receives HealthImpact DAISY Nurse Leader Award in Policy

HealthImpact, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming nursing to advance Californians’ health, partnered with The DAISY Foundation to honor nurses whose work in policy promotes compassionate care that improves populations’ health. BYU associate teaching professor Lacey Eden was among the five individuals and one team selected by a national panel of healthcare policy experts.


Eden (bottom right) receives award via surprise video conference call with HealthImpact, Daisy Foundation, and BYU College of Nursing leaders.

In 2017, Eden spearheaded statewide lobby efforts to change Utah Immunization Law (Utah House Bill 308) to require mandatory vaccine education among parents who exempt their children from receiving vaccines. After helping to write the law, she promoted the proposed legislation across the state. Eden garnered strong support for the bill by working with the media, lawmakers, and health departments, as well as groups such as the Utah Nurse Practitioners, Utah Nurses Association, Utah Medical Association, Utah Pharmacist Association, Utah Hospital Association, Utah School Nurse Association, various university student organizations, and public health nurses. The bill passed with unanimous support, even though Utah has some of the country’s lowest vaccination rates and a strong anti-vaccine lobby.

Eden also led a team of community experts in developing the Best for Baby mobile application to help mothers and parents know what to expect at each check-up during pregnancy and well-child visits.

 “We want to thank the honorees for their dedication in advancing compassion in healthcare through their policy work. Communities and populations of patients have benefited from their tireless efforts in ensuring holistic care,” says Dr. Garrett Chan, HealthImpact president.

“Seeing The DAISY Award applied to honor work that advances compassionate care through policy is a thrill we never imagined when we created DAISY 21 years ago,” says Bonnie Barnes, co-founder and CEO of The DAISY Foundation.

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