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Jan. 17 , 2006
Contact: Charles Jones, KU Public Management Center, (785) 296-2353.

KU honors 36 Kansas participants of Public Health Certificate Program

TOPEKA — Dr. Howard Rodenberg, Division of Health director for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, gave the keynote address for year-end recognition ceremonies honoring 36 participants in the 2005 KU Public Health Certificate Program Dec. 14 at the University of Kansas Public Management Center.

Most students work in state and local public health departments throughout Kansas as well as the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). In order to complete the program, students must attend two days of classes each month in Topeka 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, according to Charles Jones, director of the KU Public Management Center that coordinates it. The program is offered by the center in partnership with the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments and KDHE. The Kansas Health Foundation provides scholarships to many program students.

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

The program faculty consisted of academics and practitioners from the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, the University of Kansas Medical Center, local health departments and KDHE. Most instructors were unpaid volunteers committed to public health excellence, Jones said.

A list of 2005 program participants who were honored during year-end recognition ceremonies, their employers and the cities where they are employed is below.

First Name Last Name Employer Employer City (Residence if different)
Betha Elliott Cherokee County Health Dept. Columbus
Catherine Shemwell Johnson County Health Dept. Mission (Overland Park)
Christine Tuck Unified School District 345 - Topeka Seaman Topeka (Meriden)
Dana Shapland Lane County Health Dept. Dighton
Deborah Lindeman Labette County Health Dept. Parsons
Deborah Bales Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment Topeka (Osage City)
Debra Whiteman Johnson County Health Dept. Olathe
Denise Stoll Johnson County Health Dept. Olathe (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Diane Van Becalaere Crawford County Health Dept. Pittsburg
Georgetta Schoenfeld Logan County Health Dept. Oakley
Jerry Tenbrink Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment Topeka
Joseph Kotsch Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment Topeka (Auburn)
Judy Eyerly Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved Topeka (Lawrence)
Juli Hickenbottom City-Cowley County Health Dept. Winfield
Katy Miley Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment Topeka
Kay Powell Shawnee County Health Agency Topeka
Linda Rogers Wabaunsee County Health Dept. Alma (Eskridge)
Lori Torres Flint Hills Community Health Center Emporia (Olpe)
Marilyn Gamblin Decatur County Health Dept. Oberlin
Mary Ransom Flint Hills Community Health Center Emporia (Pomona)
Mary Abitz Pottawatomie County Health Dept. Westmoreland (Wheaton)
Melissa Wachendorfer Western Pyramid Public Health Region Selden
Michael Cameron Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment Topeka
Milroy Moses Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment Topeka
Pamela Barnum Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment Topeka (Ozawkie)
Patricia Smith Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment, North Central District Office Salina
Patricia Behnke Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment, Local & Rural Health Topeka (Emporia)
Peggy Carter Labette County Health Dept. Parsons
Rochelle Smith Ottawa County Health Dept. Minneapolis
Rodney Ferguson Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment Topeka
Shelli R. Miller Greeley County Health Dept. Tribune
Sherry Houston Harper County Health Dept. Anthony
Sheryl Pierce Doniphan County Health Dept. Troy (Denton)
Tamera Jo Peterson Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment Lawrence
Tami Stowell Pottawatomie County Health Dept. Westmoreland (Frankfort)
Teresa Starr Neosho County Health Dept. Chanute

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