Alumni News & Class Notes


Natalie Kwit, MPH '13, Presents Research at Annual EIS Conference
Natalie Kwit, MPH '13, is an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has been investigating tularemia, a dangerous disease carried by rodents and rabbits and a potential bioterror agent. Historically, cases of tularemia in humans have been concentrated in the south central states of Louisiana, Arkansas, and Missouri. Natalie's research is the first to discover that cases of tularemia have moved progressively northward since 1995, perhaps putting new populations at risk. Natalie is presenting her research at the the 66th Annual EIS Conference in Atlanta in April 2017.

Two SPH Alumni Selected for the Kresge Foundation's Emerging Leaders in Public Health Initiative
Gretchen Musicant, MPH '86 and Mageen Caines, MPH '16 were selected for The Kresge Foundation's Emerging Leaders in Public Health Initiative. The initiative was designed to provide public health leaders of county and local health departments opportunities to build additional knowledge and skills to tackle current public health challenges.

Professor Sue Gerberich Recieves Graduate and Professional Distinguished Teaching Award
Professor Susan Goodwin Gerberich, PhD '80, MS '78 is a recipient of the 2016-17 Graduate and Professional Distinguished Teaching Award. This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by schools or colleges in their quest to identify excellence in graduate and professional education. 

Dr. John Amuasi, PhD '14, MPH '07 Featured on DW TV
Dr. John Amuasi, PhD '14, MPH '07, Executive Director of the African Research Network on Neglected Tropical Diseases, was featured on Deutsche Welle TV during the primetime segments on February 22, 2017. Watch a recording of the morning segment here.

Reflection on Caring for Refugees in Greece by Dr. Charles Oberg, MPH '84
Dr. Charles Oberg recently traveled to Lesbos, Greece to help care for refugees and wrote a short reflection on his experiences.

Commentary in Star Tribune by Gretchen Musicant, MPH '86
"Repeal of ACA would imperil a little-known part with a huge impact" by Gretchen Musicant, MPH '86, was published in the Star Tribune.

GlobeGlow Consulting & Research, Inc. Named Winner of Healthy10 Awards
GlobeGlow Consulting & Research, Inc., led by Farhiya Farah, MPH '06, was named a winner of the inaugural Health Means Business Healthy10 Awards for its work with the Minneapolis Somali-Language Food Safety Coalition. The Health Means Business "Healthy10 Awards" were created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Robert Wood Foundation as a way to honor ten outstanding business-led initiatives or cross-sector collaborations between local businesses and traditional and non-traditional partners to improve community wellness and access to economic opportunity. 

Four Questions with Randy Oostra, MHA '89
Becker's Speaker Series: 4 questions with ProMedica CEO Randy Oostra, MHA '89
Randy has been with Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica since 1997 and has served as president and CEO since 2009.

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Ann Bajari, MPH '92
Ann Bajari, MPH '92, has been selected to join the Nursing Board at the American Health Council. 

Judy Beniak, MPH '82
After thirty years of service, Judy Beniak, DNP, MPH '82, RN, Director of the Heath Careers Center, nurse and leader in the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, is retiring. 

Matthew Kunkel, MHA '08
Matthew Kunkel, MHA '08 has been named vice president of oncology at Sansum Clinic. He will oversee all operations at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic. 

Eric Crowell, MHA '84
Eric Crowell, MHA '84 has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers. Crowell's two-year term commenced April 1, 2017. Crowell is President and CEO of UnityPoint Health - Des Moines, a position he has held since 2001.

Douglas Olson, PhD '00
Douglas Olson, PhD '00 (health services research, administration & policy) was named senior advisor for Pathway Health, a leading post-acute care professional services organization and the exclusive training, education, management and consulting services organization for the implementation of the Leadership Environment and Assessment Diagnostic (LEAD) tool. Dr. Olson is a professor with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s (UWEC) nationally recognized health care administration program and the Director of the Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence.

Virginia Greenman, MPH '83
Virginia Greenman, MPH '83 (public health administration) passed away on March 3, 2017 at her residence in the Episcopal Church Homes of St. Paul, MN.

Perry Witkin, MHA '81
Perry Witkin, MHA '81 is the owner and president of Stat-Technologies, Inc. Stat-Technologies (Golden Valley, MN), a point of care medical supply distributor, announced that it has closed on its merger with Health Management Systems Corp (Plano, TX), a provider of online medical distribution. The merged companies will continue operations as Stat-Technologies, Inc. The merger will significantly expand its resources and access for customers. 

D. Michael Anderson, MPH '82
D. Michael Anderson, PhD, MPH ’82, is the IRB Chair and Human Research Protections Administrator for HML Institutional Review Board in Washington, DC. HML IRB has been awarded a Long-Term Arrangement to provide ethics and research guidance for UNICEF.

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