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Dec. 21, 2006
Contact: Beverly Vogel, KU Center for Public Management, (785) 296-2353.

43 public health representatives earn certificates at KU management center

TOPEKA - A total of 43 Kansas public health employees earned Public Health Certificates in Dec. 13 ceremonies at the State Capitol for completion of a program offered by the University of Kansas Public Management Center.

Marvin G. Stottlemire, assistant director of KU Public Management Center, was keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony.

The graduates represent 20 local health departments and the Department of Health and Environment. Participants of the program are required to attend two days of classes each month for one calendar year, beginning in January. The curriculum includes courses in public health fundamentals, epidemiology, environmental health, leadership and community development.

The Public Health Certificate is considered the cornerstone public health credential in Kansas. The program is offered by the KU Public Management Center in partnership with the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The Kansas Health Foundation generously provides scholarships to many students.

“The certificate represents the heartfelt commitment of our graduates to excellent public health services in every corner of Kansas,” said Charles Jones, Public Management Center director. “While managing full-time jobs, these students and their sponsoring agencies somehow find time and energy for this rigorous program. Their dedication to public health in Kansas is truly inspiring.”

The program's faculty consists of academics and practitioners from the KU, Kansas State University, the KU Medical School, local health departments and KDHE. Most instructors are unpaid volunteers, committed to public health excellence.

The 2006 program participants are listed below by their employer’s city, their names and their employers.

City / ZIPNameEmployer
Abilene 67410Cris BoughtonDickinson County Health Dept.
Ashland 67831Mary Ann CunninghamClark County Health Dept.
Burlington 66839Lindsay PayerCoffey County Health Dept.
Cimarron 67835Anissa DurhamGray County Health Dept.
Cimarron 67835Rayna MaddoxGray County Health Dept.
Concordia 66901Cynthia L. WeberCloud County Health Dept.
Dodge City 67801Deborah RoddaKDHE, Office of Health Promotion"
Eureka 67045Deina RockhillGreenwood County Health. Dept.
Great Bend 67530Timothy S. BroaderwayKDHE
Hays 67601Melissa SchoenbergerKDHE, Office of Health Promotion"
Hill City 67642-1815Vera GarrisonGraham County Health Dept.
Jetmore 67854Karen HaugHodgeman County Health Dept.
Johnson 67855Richard EverettPublic Health Regional Coordinator
Lawrence 66046Laura RouthKDHE NE District Office
Meade 67864Michele CorrellMeade County Health Dept.
Mission 66202Lori HansonJohnson County Health Dept.
Norton 67654Gina L. FrackNorton County Health Dept.
Olathe 66204Rynekah BarbourJohnson County Health Dept.
Olathe 66204Vicki BarnesJohnson County Health Dept.
Olathe 66204Katie SchatteJohnson County Health Dept.
Olathe 66204Amy WarkentinJohnson County Health Dept.
Phillipsburg 67661Sherry D. KosterPhillips County Health Dept.
Scott City 67871Karen SattlerScott County Health Dept.
Smith Center 66967Elizabeth L. HillSmith County Health Dept.
Sublette 67877Shawn K. MeairsHaskell County Health Dept.
Syracuse 67878Judy SchwietermanHamilton County Health Dept.
Syracuse 67878Janet ThomeczekHamilton County Health Dept.
Topeka 66606Bonnie GonzalesShawnee County Health Agency
Topeka 66612Angela M. KohlsKDHE
Topeka 66612Melanie WarrenKDHE, Newborn Program"
Topeka 66612Billie A. WilliamsKDHE, Office of Health Promotion"
Topeka 66612Rachel LindbloomKDHE, Public Service Executive"
Topeka 66612-1274Dawn McGlassonKDHE
Topeka 66612-1274Jamie Lynn KlenklenKDHE, Bureau of Children, Youth & Families"
Topeka 66612-1274Brenda J. NickelKDHE, Bureau of Children, Youth & Families"
Topeka 66612-1274Allison D. KoonceKDHE, Office of Health Promotion"
Tribune 67879Lisa WineingerGreeley County Health Dept.
Wichita 67203Tracey CorristonSedgwick County Health Dept.
Wichita 67203Sherry A. HaworthSedgwick County Health Dept.
Wichita 67203Barry HughesSedgwick County Health Dept.
Wichita 67203Shannon SteinbauerSedgwick County Health Dept.
Winfield 67156Marsha DonalsCity-Cowley County Health Dept.
Winfield 67156Joy E. TrollmanCity-Cowley County Health Dept.

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