Dr Kim Mo-Im is a pioneer and an evolutionary leader in various areas of social and health development. She was the first nurse in Korea appointed to Minister of Health and was a member of the World Health Organization Expert Panel of Nursing for 20 years and ICN President from 1989 to 1993.
The Kim Mo Im Policy Innovation and Impact Award is granted every two years to a nurse who has demonstrated policy innovation and impact. It focuses on a key global issue of the time and ICN established strategy.
The first award was granted at the ICN Congress in Barcelona in 2017 to Dr Miaofen Yen for her work to establish an International Advanced Programme in Nursing at the National Cheung Kung University in Taiwan.
Mr Elias Al Aaraj was awarded the 2019 Kim Mo Im Policy Innovation and Impact Award for introducing harm reduction services in Lebanon and other Middle East and North African countries.
The 2021 Kim Mo Im Award has been granted to Professor Abel Avelino de Paiva e Silva from Ordem dos Enfermeiros, Portugal for advancing an innovative policy project focused on nursing ontology.
The 2023 Kim Mo-Im Award has been granted to Leah Primitiva S. Paquiz from the Philippines Nursing Association for creating laws surrounding tobacco cessation. This successful intervention significantly decreased tobacco use in the Philippines, especially for teens.