Delaware County Public Health Director Honored with Award

Delaware County’s Public Health Director has been honored with an award on the state level.

Delma Hardin was presented with the Thelma Luther Award by the Iowa Public Health Association in Des Moines last week. The award recognizes a local public health nurse who has made outstanding contributions in her field.

Hardin says the honor is humbling.

Hardin has spent over twenty-six years working with local school nurses, daycare centers, healthcare providers and parents to immunize thousands of people across Delaware County.

Hardin was nominated for the award by RMC co-worker Charity Loecke, who implies that Hardin is the reason that Delaware County is considered one of Iowa’s best immunization success stories. Loecke’s nomination letter for Hardin is below:

“With over twenty-six years of hands-on-immunization experience, Delma Hardin is a knowledgeable resource for our community.  She works hard to stay well informed while the local school nurses, daycare centers, parents, healthcare providers, and nurses depend on her for guidance regarding the most current immunization regulations and recommendations. Due to relationships built based upon trust and professionalism, she has immunized generations of families throughout the community.  Delma enjoys watching infants grow as the years go by through return visits for their vaccinations.  There are individuals in the community who specifically request Delma to administer their annual shots, for example, influenza vaccinations. Her compassion and expertise is very predominant in the work she does while making efforts to impact Delaware County to the greatest of her abilities. Delaware County simply never has vaccine related outbreaks and is considered one of Iowa’s best immunization success stories. Delma is the face of health, expertise, and dependability and will forever leave a legacy upon Delaware County Public Health.”


(photo courtesy of RMC)