Kathleen Kilbane (BSN ’79), DISTINGUISHED ALUMNA AWARD
Bestowed upon an alum who has brought pride and recognition to Niehoff by achieving prominence in nursing on a regional, national, or international level.
Kathleen Kilbane began her career in nursing in direct patient care, working in the acute care setting. She then focused on community/public health practice, working at the local, county, state and federal levels. She entered federal service 18 years ago and served as the regional maternal and child health nurse consultant in Chicago for the six-state Midwest Region of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Health Resources and Services Administration. After moving to Washington, DC in 2009, she then held positions in HRSA’s Bureau of Health Professions and rejoined the Maternal Child Health Bureau in 2010 to be part of the central office team that addressed national program implementation of the Affordable Care Act-funded Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program. Her most recent position was western branch chief for the program. The MIECHV Program was created to support voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services for at-risk pregnant women and parents with young children up to kindergarten entry. The MIECHV program is now implemented in all 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia.