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Alumna to Honored at CPH Symposium

Sharon (Yearous) Guthrie (BSN ’93, MSN ’99, PhD ’11) has been selected to receive the Iowa Public Health Heroes Award from the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Dr. Guthrie has been active in the state, advocating for the health of children in schools and school nursing, and has been influential in the development of state policy for child mental health and care in schools. She will receive the award during the college’s Institute for Public Health Practice Fall Colloquium, titled “Communicating the Value of Public Health” on Thursday, November 8.

According to the nomination letter submitted by Ann Marie McCarthy, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor & associate dean for research at the College of Nursing, “there are multiple reasons why Sharon is deserving of this award. The criteria for this award are 1) demonstrated commitment to the values of public health; 2) significant contributions to improving and protecting the health of Iowans; and 3) contributions to a broader understanding of public health. As the following discussion of Sharon’s accomplishments demonstrates, she has met each of these criteria and, in fact, has made amazing contributions in all three. The three areas that we would like to describe are Sharon’s contributions to school nursing in Iowa and nationally, Sharon’s involvement in health policy addressing the needs of youth in Iowa, and Sharon’s leadership and education of Iowa nurse leaders.”

The Fall Colloquium, which will be held in Callaghan Auditorium (N110) in the College of Public Health Building, is intended to provide examples and strategies for effectively communicating the value of public health to policymakers, opinion leaders and the public.

There is no charge for participation. Advance registration is encouraged. Online registration is available at

For additional information, please see the College of Public Health’s press release, or contact Dan McMillan,, director, Office of Communications & External Relations.

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Posted On: 
Nov 5th, 2012