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March 17, 2009

Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or

Correction: Dr. Richard Raymond was undersecretary in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Public Health Conference To Be Held April 8-9

Lincoln—The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health and its partners will hold a conference on public health April 8-9 at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln.

The conference is the first-ever combination conference held by the Division of Public Health, and it combines the women’s health, lifespan health and minority health conferences held in previous years.

One of the key speakers will be Dr. Georges Benjamin, president of the American Public Health Association.

“Dr. Benjamin will address reforming the way we look at health and move from a focus on sick care and treatment to a focus on prevention and maintaining a healthy population,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer for DHHS. “He is a nationally recognized speaker.”

Other speakers include:

Dr. Ross Brownson, co-director of the Prevention Research Center, Colorado, on evidence-based public health practices and evaluation;

Mario Drummonds, CEO of Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership, Inc., on repositioning maternal and child health in America;

Nancy Lee, president of Social Marketing Services, Inc., Washington, on social marketing and public health issues; and

Former Nebraska native Dr. Richard Raymond, formerly an undersecretary for food safety in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and former Nebraska chief medical officer.

Other topics include: health disparities, public health emergency law, food safety, Web 2.0, school health partnerships, underage drinking, the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Public Health, suicide prevention, and the nursing shortage, among others.
The conference is intended for public and allied health professionals, social workers, environmental health specialists, dietitians, nurses, physicians, health educators, advocates and others interested in the well-being of Nebraskans.

Conference sponsors are DHHS, the Center for Biopreparedness Education, the Public Health Association of Nebraska, the Nebraska Minority Public Health Association, the UNMC College of Public Health and Creighton University.

Continuing education units are available for nurses, pharmacists, health education specialists and dietitians. Continuing medical education credits are available for physicians.

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