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Nursing faculty awarded in national health education initiative

Nursing students outside Masterton Hall

A faculty member in the University of Southern Maine (USM) School of Nursing has been named a winner in a national education program aimed at preventing skin cancer.

Leslie Larson, who teaches pediatric nursing to senior-level students, has received a stipend through the 2019 Your Skin Is In Teacher Stipend program, offered through IMPACT Melanoma, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of melanoma.

This annual program awards educators a $250 stipend for utilizing the Your Skin Is In program in their respective classroom. This year’s recipients hail from Maine to California, and in between.

"This program was so well received,” Larson said. “The awareness and knowledge from this really targeted a great population getting ready to work with adolescents and body image concepts. My students were able to apply and teach many of these important concepts out in the community."

IMPACT Melanoma provides education, prevention and support for the most serious form of skin cancer. The organization provides a variety of programs aimed at raising awareness and educating the public about skin cancer, and provides support services for those struggling with the disease.

In order to be considered for one of the program’s stipends, each educator needed to complete IMPACT Melanoma’s Your Skin Is In eLearning course, present the lesson in their classroom, encourage students and community members to protect the skin they’re in, and submit a written application outlining their experience.