In recognition of her contribution as an advocate on behalf of nurse practitioners (NPs) and their patients, Laura Trinkle, is being honored by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) as the 2023 recipient of the AANP Advocate State Award for Excellence in Hawaii. Each year, advocates across the nation are nominated by AANP members to receive this prestigious award.
In 1993, the AANP Advocate State Award for Excellence was created to highlight the efforts of individuals who have made a significant contribution toward increasing the awareness and recognition of NPs. Awards are distributed to the recipients throughout the year, with recipients honored during the annual AANP national conference. AANP is the largest professional association for NPs of all specialties, with more than 121,000 members and headquarters in Texas and Washington, D.C.
COL (ret) Laura Trinkle works on Special Projects for the Hawaii Keiki: Healthy and Ready to Learn Program. Trinkle earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas in 1991 with a teaching area of physical education and coaching. She earned her master’s degree in health administration from Baylor University as part of the U.S. Army-Baylor University Program at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. She also earned a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania in 2014. Her dedication to service brought her to Hawaii Keiki following a long career in the military, where her leadership and healthcare administration experience can directly impact the future of Hawaii by improving the health of our keiki.