Published: April 13, 2011

Professor named Health Policy Champion by state of Michigan

Contact(s): office: 517-353-7077, Kenneth Rosenman Occupational and Environmental Medicine office: (517) 353-1846

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Ken Rosenman, director of MSU's Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, has been named a 2011 Health Policy Champion by the Michigan Department of Community Health.

Rosenman was one of seven people to receive the honor, which recognizes people at the state and local level who work to maintain and improve the health of local communities and the residents of Michigan.

Among other things, Rosenman works with the Department of Community Health on reducing workplace fatalities and injuries and helps educate health care providers on identifying at-risk patients and informing them of the benefits and dangers of eating fish.

"This award demonstrates the impact of Dr. Rosenman's work on the health of Michigan," said Mary Nettleman, chairperson of MSU's Department of Medicine.

Rosenman received the honor as part of the Michigan Public Health Week, celebrated April 11 to April 17. This year's theme, "Safety is No Accident: Live Injury Free," calls for creating a healthier nation by promoting safety and preventing injuries and violence.

Other Health Policy Champions include Judge Thomas Shumaker, St. Joseph County Probate Court; Mouhanad Hammami, Wayne County Health and Human Services; state Sen. John Proos; state Rep. Joan Bauer; state Sen. Rick Jones; and state Rep. Jon Switalski. MDCH also this week recognized Hometown Health Heroes, individuals and groups who have worked collaboratively to make their communities healthier places to live and grow.

"I am honored to be able to help recognize and celebrate our Health Policy Champions and Hometown Health Heroes," MDCH Director Olga Dazzo said. "Whether they are shaping public policy to protect vulnerable adults or developing youth injury prevention programs, these individuals and groups help make each Michigan community a safer place to live."


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