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National Public Health Leaders to Speak at Summer Institute

Two national public health leaders, Linda Murray, MD, MPH and Lawrence Wallack, DrPH, MPH, will share their valuable experiences at the 2011 Summer Institute for Public Health Practice.

June 2, 2011

Two national public health leaders, Linda Murray, MD, MPH and Lawrence Wallack, DrPH, MPH, will share their valuable experiences at this year’s Summer Institute for Public Health Practice. With experience ranging from health equity to the news media, both speakers promise to invoke practical and meaningful discussions.

Linda MurrayLinda Murray is well-known for her extensive career serving the medically underserved in a variety of clinical settings in Canada and the United States. She has been the president of American Public Health Association since 2009.

She is currently the Chief Medical Officer for the Cook County Department of Public Health of the Cook County Health and Hospital System in Illinois. Murray also practices as a general internist at Woodlawn Health Center and is an attending physician in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Cook County Hospital. Murray is an adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois School of Public Health.

In addition to her leadership role in the American Public Health Association, Murray is on NACCHO’s (National Association of City & County Health Officers) Health Equity & Social Justice Team. She also serves on the board of the Chicago-based Health and Medicine Policy Research Group.

Lawrence WallackLawrence Wallack was the founding director of the Berkeley Media Studies Group, an organization conducting research and training in the use of media to promote healthy public policies. He is currently Dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University and Emeritus Professor of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.

Wallack is one of the primary architects of media advocacy, an innovative approach to working with mass media to advance public health. He has published extensively and lectures frequently on the news media and public health policy issues. He is the principal author of News for a Change: An Advocate's Guide to Working with the Media (1999) and Media Advocacy and Public Health: Power for Prevention (1993). He is also co-editor of Mass Media and Public Health: Complexities and Conflicts (1990).

Wallack has appeared on Nightline, Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, the Today Show, Cable Network News, Oprah, and numerous local news and public affairs programs.

Join us this August for informed discussion and learning! You will return to work motivated and inspired to improve the health of your community. Early registration closes on June 30th.

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