Minneapolis—April 3, 2009— Walden University’s School of Health Sciences will celebrate National Public Health Week, April 6–12, 2009, with live online events featuring Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, (Emeritus), executive director of the American Public Health Association, and Dr. Glenna Crooks, noted health care consultant. The webinars are free and open to the public, and registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis through April 8.

“Walden is honored to bring these two prominent authors and speakers to public health professionals around the country, including our students, alumni, and faculty, as we focus on the theme of the week, Building a Foundation for a Healthy America,” said Dr. Joanne Walker Flowers, associate dean of Walden’s School of Health Sciences.

Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (Emeritus), executive director of the American Public Health Association
The Role of Public Health Professionals in Building a Foundation for a Healthy America
Thursday, April 9, 11 a.m. Eastern time

Dr. Benjamin is well-known in the world of public health as a leader, practitioner and administrator. Since December 2002, he has been the executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), which is the nation's oldest and largest organization of public health professionals. Prior to this appointment, he served as the secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, playing a key role in the development of Maryland's bioterrorism plan. He will share his insights on the role of public health professionals during a time of increased focus on health care reform.

Glenna Crooks, PhD, founder and president of Strategic Health Policy International, Inc.
Health Care Leadership in an Era of Chaos
Friday, April 10, 1 p.m. Eastern time

Dr. Crooks has advised national and international leaders in the for-profit and nonprofit health care sectors. Through her studies she has developed the Centricity Principle™ approach, used by numerous strategists to guide their efforts in major public policy challenges.

For more information about Walden’s School of Health Sciences, visit www.WaldenU.edu

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Since 1970, Walden University has offered working professionals the opportunity to earn advanced degrees through distance learning. Today, this comprehensive, accredited online university offers master’s and doctoral degrees in public health, education, psychology, management, public policy and administration, and health and human services, as well as master’s programs in engineering and IT and bachelor’s programs in business administration, psychology, child development, computer information systems, interdisciplinary studies, instructional design and technology, nursing, communications and criminal justice. Walden University is the flagship online university in Laureate International Universities—a global network of accredited campus-based and online universities. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu.

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