SHIRE’s 25th Silver Anniversary celebration was a huge success!

Enjoying a warm, inviting, and elegant ambience, 100 guests gathered on December 8th to celebrate SHIRE’s 25 years of service. The event had all the feel of a family reunion as friends and colleagues greeted each other warmly and celebrated. The video of the event is available here.


To see selected photos of presenters and guests at SHIRE’s 25th anniversary celebration (click here).

University of Wisconsin School of Nursing creates Canary Savage Girardeau Award

The School of Nursing of the University of Wisconsin at Madison has announced that it honors Canary Girardeau, the first African-American nursing school graduate, by creating an award in her name.

The award commemorates her 68 years of service as an exemplary public health nurse who has received multiple awards for distinguished community service and excellence. The Canary Savage Girardeau Award for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion will be presented for the first time this year. It will go to a recipient who has demonstrated tangible accomplishments in reducing health inequities and promoting diversity and the inclusion of underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities.

The awardee must also present evidence of an involvement and engagement of communities of color who have been marginalized and underserved. Canary Girardeau has served as SHIRE’s senior program associate since 2006, lending her experience and expertise over many decades to the creation and successful implementation of Wellness Circles and other SHIRE programs. SHIRE is thrilled to join in celebrating this major well deserved recognition of her outstanding accomplishments. To read more, click here.

SHIRE’s Executive Director /CEO, shares reflections on the significance of SHIRE’s 25 years

SHIRE launches spring Wellness Circle series!

This spring, SHIRE will launch a new series of Wellness Circles involving DC residents with diabetes and hypertension. Initiated in 2010 at Barry Farm, SHIRE’s Wellness Circle program has become its most successful and ongoing initiative. Participants will be introduced to experiences, education, and the support and encouragement of a wellness community that will give them the tools they need to take charge of their health. The spring Wellness Circle program will serve adults recruited from Wards 5, 6, 7, and 8. [Click here] for testimonies presented by Wellness Circle alumni at SHIRE’s 25th anniversary celebration. For more information about Wellness Circles, see the Programs page on our website.

Building on its experience with youth and family wellness initiatives, SHIRE is establishing new partnerships to engage children, youth, and their families in an expanded wellness initiative. Programs will focus on intragenerational, healthy, eating and cooking demonstrations, as well as physical activity in recreational programs, such as SHIRE‘s, successful passport program in partnership with the YMCA. Stay tuned!

SHIRE is grateful to the following sponsors for their support of the event: AmeriHealth Caritas DC, AAPCHO, and NHIT.

SHIRE also acknowledges with appreciation the donations of 62 Friends of SHIRE.

Thank you to SHIRE sponsors and Friends of SHIRE (62) who contributed to the event.

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