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UW President Emmert is Given a Certificate of Appreciation

UW President Emmert is Given a Certificate of Appreciation

The Extended Degree Program, School of Public Health and Washington State Public Health Association thanked President Emmert on Tuesday, April 8th, for the vision that helped institute the UW common book and led to the maximization of the UW Public Health Major and to the graduation of hundreds of well-prepared, entry-level employees for public health employers.

The UW Common Book (2006: "Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World" by Tracy Kidder, and 2007: "Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change" by Elizabeth Kolbert.) with its public health theme, caught the attention of UW undergraduate students in a big way. The University required all undergraduate instructors to conduct course discussions centered around the book, and also brought in Paul Farmer, Elizabeth Kolbert, Ron Sims, and many other experts for additional campus-wide/community discussions.

Public health has well benefited from the UW Common Book in the maximization of the Public Health Major and graduation of hundreds of prepared, entry-level employees who will be eager to find jobs with Washington State public health employers.

Ron Sims and King County Council, Mark Nickels and Seattle City Council were also given personalized Certificates of Appreciation for positively affecting the health of the public with their efforts. Both the Seattle City Council and the King County Council mentioned Public Health Week during their full council meetings on Monday, and both Councils have proclaimed the week for Public Health. Ron Sims and Mark Nickels are also participating in events planned by the Seattle-King County Public Health department.

Participating Organizations:
UW School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Seattle & King County Public Health Department

Washington State Public Health Association

American Public Health Association