Nominations wanted for public health honor

The dean’s office in the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health is taking nominations for the 2013 Chancellor Robert D. Sparks, M.D., Award in Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

It recognizes people who have shown outstanding innovation, excellence, collaboration and impact on health promotion, disease prevention and advancement of effective public health. Eligible candidates are NU faculty members, public health professionals or volunteers.

The recipient receives $1,000 cash and recognition at the College of Public Health awards event May 2.

Nomination forms are available by contacting Robin Jaeckel at or 402-559-2328. Nominations are due Feb. 28 and should include: a completed nomination form; up to two letters to support the nomination; and a current curriculum vitae or resume for the nominee.

Send completed nominations to: Shawn Gibbs, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Student Affairs, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 984355 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-4355; or

3 free workshops aimed at parents

PTI Nebraska, a statewide resource for families of children with disabilities, is planning three free workshops this month for parents. All the workshops will be at PTI Nebraska, 6805 Grover St. All require preregistration by calling 402-346-0525.

Parental Impact on Policy Making: Enjoy a light lunch while learning who your legislators are, how to read a bill and tips on providing testimony. Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Telling Your Family Story: This training gives parents the skills and strategies for telling their stories to service providers, students and policymakers so families can continue to make a difference in the lives of people with a disability or a special health care need. Noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 31.

Rebuilding Dreams: Parents often feel loss and grief when they receive a diagnosis for their child that includes a disability or a special health care need. This workshop shows the normalcy of the experience and gives tips to families on how to rebuild dreams. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 31.

Compiled by Sue Story Truax

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