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East Tennessee Lecture Series To Feature CSPI’s O’Hara

Jim O’Hara, Director of Health Promotion Policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, will present “Federalism in Nutrition Policy:  Making State and National Policies Work Together” as part of East Tennessee’s Leading Voices in Public Health Lecture Series.

O’Hara is leading policy efforts to reduce sodium in the nation’s food supply and sugar drink consumption.  He has served in senior leadership positions in the Federal government:  Associate Administrator for External Affairs and Environmental Education at the Environmental Protection Agency, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services, and Associate Commissioner for Public Affairs at the Food and Drug Administration.  He is the recipient of numerous public health awards, including the Surgeon General’s Medallion and the Harvey W. Wiley Medal.  In addition, Mr. O’Hara has managed three national public health issue campaigns supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts, where he also served as Managing Director of the Health and Human Services group.  From 1973 until 1990, he was an award-winning reporter and editor at the Tennessean in Nashville, TN, where he was name a Pulitzer Prize finalist for reporting in the public service award category.  He earned a master’s in English from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s in English from the University Of Notre Dame, and was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University in 1981-82.

The lecture will be available for viewing by Livestream at http://elearning.etsu.edu/publichealthlive.htm starting at 6:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, October 23, 2014.  It may be viewed afterwards on the Leading Voices website: http://www.etsu.edu/cph/speakersseries.aspx.