CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Release: April 3, 2002
Award honors Sen. Tom Harkin for public health leadership
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) has been selected by the University of Iowa College
of Public Health to receive the first-ever Richard and Barbara Hansen Leadership
Award and Distinguished Lectureship.
The award is given by the UI College of Public Health to honor individuals
who have made sustained contributions in the health field. The award recognizes
exemplary leadership, integrity and ethical standards, and an enduring commitment
to improving health care on a national and international level.
"Sen. Harkin has been a steadfast supporter of public health throughout
his career in elected office," said James A. Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H,
dean of the College of Public Health. "His work to improve rural residents'
access to and quality of health care, emphasis on women's health issues, strong
support for preventive and biomedical research, and commitment to protecting
the rights of disabled Americans have benefited not only the residents of
Iowa, but people throughout the United States, as well."
Harkin is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee
on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. This committee funds both
the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, key federal agencies that support prevention and public health
training, research and outreach. Harkin also chairs the Senate Agriculture,
Nutrition and Forestry Committee.
The formal announcement of the award will be made at a statewide public
health policy conference on April 8 in Iowa City. Harkin will deliver an address
at the conference, "New Models for a New Reality: Improving Iowa's Preparedness
Capacity," via videotape. Harkin also has been invited to deliver the
Hansen Lecture and meet with faculty and students from the College of Public
Health in a future visit to Iowa City. Details of the visit will be announced
when the senator's schedule is confirmed.
The Hansen Leadership Award and Distinguished Lectureship is made possible
by a gift from Richard and Barbara Hansen of Iowa City. The Hansen's gift,
made in 2000, was the first contribution in the College of Public Health's
Founding Partners initiative. Through this initiative, the college invites
individuals, families and organizations who share its vision of developing
a comprehensive public health resource for Iowa to help build a solid foundation
for public health education, research, policy analysis and community service
at the UI.
The UI College of Public Health was founded in 1999 -- the first new college
established at the University in 50 years -- and is the only accredited school
of public health in Iowa.