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April 5, 2006

Leader In Public Health Policy, Research To Speak April 11

Paul Halverson, Dr.P.H., a national leader in public health policy and research, will visit the University of Iowa on April 11 as part of the UI College of Public Health's Spring Public Health Policy Colloquium.

He will deliver the lecture, "Adding Value to our Nation's Public Health System through Accountability," from 11 a.m. to noon in the Richey Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the UI Institute for Public Health Practice.

Halverson has extensive experience with public health systems throughout the United States and has been instrumental in the development of national public health performance standards. He currently serves as director of the Division of Health in the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services. He is also the Arkansas State Health Officer and professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Prior to his move to Arkansas, Halverson served for nearly seven years as a senior scientific staff member at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Ga. At the CDC, he was appointed to the Silvio Conte Senior Biomedical Research Service, a congressionally designated classification within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the nation's top biomedical research scientists. Halverson was the director of the Division of Public Health Systems Development and Research for the CDC. He had responsibility for strengthening the effectiveness of public health systems throughout the United States.

While in Atlanta, Halverson led the development and implementation of the National Public Health Performance Standards Program, the deployment of the National Health Alert Network and the advancement of the National Public Health Leadership Institute. He also helped develop a number of leadership and management education programs.

Halverson was appointed by the World Health Organization as the director of the WHO Collaborating Center in Public Health Practice at the CDC. In that role, he provided support globally for the advancement of public health systems.

Prior to his appointment at the CDC, Halverson was a member of the faculty at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, where he served in the Department of Health Policy and Administration. Halverson was the associate director of the doctoral program in public health leadership and the senior health policy adviser to the North Carolina state health director.

Halverson received his doctorate in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his master's degree in health services administration from Arizona State University. He has received numerous honors in the area of public health.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

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