College of Public Health Alumni Chapter Presents First Award

The UNMC Alumni Association College of Public Health Alumni Chapter has presented Jim Anderson, PhD, with its inaugural Spirit of Service Award. Dr. Anderson is a faculty member and associate dean in the College of Public Health.

“Dr. Anderson was one of the first champions of our alumni chapter and has continued to offer his generous support throughout the past few years,” said Stephen Jackson, MPH ’06, COPH Alumni Chapter president. “We truly value Dr. Anderson’s leadership and he is certainly a deserving recipient of our chapter’s first award.”

The UNMC Alumni Association chapters make awards each year to distinguished, honorary and young alumni. For a complete list of award categories and awardees,

NAMI 2012 Walk

May is Mental Health Month

Paolo del Vecchio, Acting Lead, Recovery Support Strategic Initiative, Acting Director CMHS, wrote this in a SAMHSA blog post about Mental Health Awareness Month:

“May marks Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. This is a time when we reflect on research, weigh in on prevention measures, and encourage Americans to think about and act on their mental health and wellness. The link between trauma and behavioral health (mental health and substance use) is still not universally recognized, yet the common methods of coping (e.g. substance use, isolation, sleep changes) in the aftermath of traumatic events can have a direct impact on health and well being. Some studies have shown that trauma and associated health risk behaviors can decrease a survivor’s lifespan by decades, which highlights the critical importance of awareness and healing. Understanding that link and working through the healing process is a big part of what Mental Health Awareness Month is about. SAMHSA has been working to help Americans identify this link – from promoting peer support, to integrating behavioral health in primary care settings. By doing so, it is building awareness, preventing where possible, promoting healing, and improving overall health throughout a trauma survivor’s life.”

NAMI is dedicated to bringing the message that recovery from mental illness is fully achievable and that we can overcome the stigma and stereotypes which keep people from seeking the help they need. We partner with the broader mental health realm to support and educate individuals/families/the general public on achieving recovery from mental illness.

Our NAMI Nebraska Walk is now less than a month away!  Please keep the COPH/Center for Reducing Health Disparities Team in the forefront of your considerations for financial sponsorship for 2012.

As the CRHD team captain I would like to ask you to come and walk with me or to donate to support my participation in this great event. Visit my personal walker page to sign up: It features a link to my team’s page where you can see who else is walking with me. There is also a link so you can donate directly to me online. Donating online is fast and secure, and I’ll get immediate notification via e-mail of your donation. More information can be found at:

Thanks for your support!
Antonia Correa, MA
Outreach Project Specialist Center for Reducing Health Disparities
UNMC College of Public Health

APHA Region VII Second Annual MINK Conference

Some of the presenters, organizers, and sponsors of the Region VII conference in Omaha, NE (photo by Rita Parris)

Region VII rounded out National Public Health Week with their second annual regional MINK conference held in Omaha, NE in cooperation with the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Public Health and the Great Plains Public Health Training Center. (MINK stands for Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas).

Capt. Belardo and Region VII Director Jay Angoff (photo by David E. Corbin)

Representatives from all four states in the region attended presentations and panel discussions about advocacy, workforce development, membership recruitment (presented by APHA Membership Development Director, Sara Miller), PHAB accreditation, and substance abuse and mental health (Laura Howard, SAMHSA regional administrator). 

Jay Angoff, Region VII Director (Acting) and Capt. Jose Belardo, Region VII Health Administrator were featured speakers. Other presenters were Rex Archer, Bert Malone, and Kathleen Wojciehowski (Missouri); Louise Lex and Joy Harris (Iowa);  David Lindley, Pat Lopez,  and Brandon Grimm (Nebraska); and Elaine Schwartz and Eldonna Chesnut (Kansas).

COPH Seminar : Leadership Speaker Series with Georges C. Benjamin, MD

Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FNAPA, FACEP (E), Hon FRSPH Executive Director, American Public Health Association.

Georges C. Benjamin, MD, is well known in the world of public health as a leader, practitioner and administrator. Benjamin has been the Executive Director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of public health professionals, since December 2002. He came to that post from his position as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Benjamin became Secretary of Health in Maryland in April 1999, following four years as its Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services. As Secretary, Dr. Benjamin oversaw the expansion and improvement in the states Medicaid program.

On Friday, January 20th from 12:00-1:00pm the Great Plains Public Health Training Center will be kicking off its Leadership Speaker Series with Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FNAPA, FACEP (E), Hon FRSPH Executive Director, American Public Health Association. Dr. Benjamin will discuss the power and influence of APHA, why the organization matters and what it does for organizations and individuals protecting and promoting the public’s health.

Location: MCPH Room 3013

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