Young Professional Award


This award was created in 2018 to recognize new and upcoming leaders in the correctional health care field. It is presented to an outstanding correctional health professional, 45 years of age or under, who leads by example, takes initiative, demonstrates a strong work ethic and inspires others through his or her commitment to quality health care.

Leonora Muhummad, DNP, APRN, CCHP 


Dr. Muhammad, senior director of quality and patient safety for Corizon, has been an active supporter of NCCHC for a number of years and was elected to the CCHP board of trustees in 2018. Her nomination for the Young Professional Award noted her leadership, strong work ethic and professionalism.

She started her career as an LPN and continued to pursue additional education while practicing, eventually earning a doctorate in nursing practice.

Dr. Muhummad started her career in nursing to make a better life for herself. While she never expected to find her passion in corrections, she was insired by the opportunity to help others with similar backgrounds whose outcomes were less positive than hers.

"NCCHC is proud to present the Young Professional Award to Dr. Muhammad,” said Deborah Ross, CCHP, NCCHC’s chief executive officer. "Her commitment to education, quality and patient care make her an ideal recipient of this award and an exemplary role model for other young professionals in the field of correctional health care."

Leonora Muhammad