Curtis was nominated by the UIS Department of Allied Health for his outstanding and innovative leadership in health care administration
“Mr. Curtis’ strategic direction has made the Memorial Health System of central Illinois a premium healthcare destination,” the award states. “Mr. Curtis’ outstanding and innovative leadership at both MHS and in the civic arena has raised the quality of life for the Springfield area and surrounding regions.”
Curtis serves on numerous healthcare boards and is currently chair of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association Board. He has served Springfield in leadership roles with several community organizations, including the Springfield Urban League, United Way of Central Illinois and Central Illinois Foodbank. Curtis received his masters of business administration degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his bachelors of science degree in nursing from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He began his career as a registered nurse.
Fredrick L. Echols, MD, Chief, Communicable Diseases, Illinois Department of Public Health
“UIS has provided the Communicable Disease Control Section with very talented students over the past few years. We are sincerely grateful to have the opportunity to give students sound public health experiences and fundamental tools needed to become conscientious public health professionals.”
Cassie Ayres, IL Department of Healthcare & Family Services
“My internship was more than I could ever have imagined. My experience enabled me to grow academically and professionally…I was an integral part of the team. Not only did I feel my internship was rewarding, but I was also able to develop new skills to help launch my professional career.”
The featured speaker at the 2016 commencement is UIS alumna and Springfield native Donna Sollenberger. Since 2009, Sollenberger has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Health System, where she oversees all clinical strategy and operations of a system that includes five hospitals and 90 clinics, plus a healthcare system that serves the health care needs of two-thirds of Texas’ prison system. In 2005, Sollenberger was honored with the University of Illinois Alumni Achievement Award and named one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare.
The MPH Student Association bid goodbye to 2015 with an amazing party! Public Health Student Association returned to the new semester with renewed energy and enthusiasm, and participated in the first campus event of the year, the Spring Involvement Expo, on 20th of January.
Dr. Josiah Alamu and Dr. Kristin Osiecki were among five MPH faculty members presented abstracts of their projects at the American Public Health Association Conference in Chicago in November, 2015.
2015 IEHA Annual Educational Conference at Hilton, East Peoria
2015 HIV – AIDS Conference at Springfield Hilton
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