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Department of Public Health Presents:


The WKU Department of Public Health MPH Program, Health Education Concentration presents:


how public perception of what causes health shapes public health

Guest Speakers: Marshall Kreuter, PhD and Martha Katz, MPA

April 17th at 2 pm

Augenstein Alumni Center in the Robertson-Feix Grand Ballroom

The 2 hour session targets public health and other students interested in health issues, faculty and staff, as well as the public health community of Barren River Health District.

Dr. Kreuter and Ms. Katz will base this presentation on research evidence and their practical experiences related to four points:

1) How public perception of "what causes health" shapes public health action.

2) The critical need for listening, communicating and engaging others (especially locally).

3) Importance of elevating public health's commitment to "accountability".

4) Why policy is a powerful public health tool.

Within the context of those four points they will integrate data available on some public health issues in Kentucky, for example: local smoke-free ordinances in Kentucky, coordinated school health policy plans and views from BRDHD director Dennis Chaney about how Kentucky is leading the way with accredited health departments.

Following the session, a meet and greet reception will be held in the speakers' honor. All attendees and invited guests are welcome.

*This session has been approved for 2 category contact hours in health education (CECH)

See below to learn more about these nationally known speakers and public health professionals:

Marshall W. Kreuter, Ph.D.

Throughout his career, Marshall Kreuter has been committed to strengthening the engagement of communities in the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs.  As a professor at Georgia State University (GSU), he was the principal investigator on two community-based participatory research projects focused on health disparities in inner-city Atlanta: 1) "Accountable Communities: Healthy Together," a 3-year grant from the National Institutes of Minority Health and health Disparities, and 2) "Reducing the non-emergency use of 911 in a low-income minority urban setting," a two-year grant from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation.  He has also conducted innovative research and published on the extent to which the presence or absence of social capital may be associated with the effectiveness of community-based health improvement initiatives.

Prior to joining the faculty at GSU, Dr. Kreuter was a Distinguished Scientist at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where, for two decades, he served in several key leadership roles: (1) as the Director of the Division of Health Education, (2) as the first director of the Division of Chronic Disease Control and Community Intervention, and (3) as Director of the Prevention Research Centers program.  While at CDC, he and his co-workers refined the epidemiologic study of physical activity, initiated research and programs focused on the early detection of breast cancer, added a greater emphasis on school health, and created the Planned Approach to Community Health (PATCH).

He has authored numerous articles and three text books.  With Dr. Lawrence W. Green, he co-authored Health Planning: An Educational and Ecological Approach a widely referenced textbook. It is now in its 4th edition and is globally published in five languages.

He is the recipient of several major awards and honors including the John P. McGovern Medal for distinguished contributions to health education, the Distinguished Fellow Award, the highest honor awarded by the Society for Public Health Education, recognition as the Sterling McMurrin Professor for Liberal Education at the University of Utah, the Healthtrac Foundation's Award for Excellence in Health Education, and the Distinguished Service Award for Health Promotion from the American Public Health Association.

He and wife Martha live in Atlanta, GA. and Bigfork, MT.

Martha Katz

As a national health policy leader, Martha Katz provides consultation to national and state health philanthropies and serves as a trustee of the Georgia Health Foundation. She chairs the Board of Directors of the Georgia Health Foundation and the National Advisory Committee for Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program to promote engagement of policymakers in childhood obesity prevention. As the Director of Health Policy for Healthcare Georgia Foundation for six years, she designed health policy programs and grantmaking to reflect the Foundation's role as a catalyst for better health and health care in Georgia.

Prior to that, Martha was Deputy Director (Policy and Legislation) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where she led CDC's policy, program, and legislative development, health communications programs, and relationships with external partners. She was the first program director of the CDC Foundation and worked in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion on the first Healthy People, Objectives for the Nation. She received a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MPA from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Martha chairs the Board of Directors of the Flying Carpet Theatre Company which produces award winning plays in Atlanta, New York City, and internationally. She is an adjunct faculty member for Georgia State University. Martha and her husband, Marshall Kreuter, live in Atlanta, Georgia and Bigfork, Montana.

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