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Lockhaven students are pictured with the Deputy Secretary of the PA Department of Health. (Courtesy Photo)

Lockhaven students are pictured with the Deputy Secretary of the PA Department of Health. (Courtesy Photo)

Lock Haven, Pa- Lock Haven University is celebrating the outstanding achievements of twelve students who recently attended a state-wide health conference.

Seven Community Health, two Master of Health Science/Health Promotion & Education and one Clinical Mental Health Counseling student recently presented their work at the PA Public Health Association/PA Office of Rural Health Annual Conference, “Strengthening the Health of PA: Addressing the Health Care & Public Health Needs of Vulnerable & Underserved Populations, held in Lancaster, PA on April 7.

Students worked in conjunction with community partners, primarily in Lycoming County, to address the most pressing community health issues facing our region. They presented their work at alongside a well credentialed group, consisting of primarily Ph.D. and M.D. experts in their respective fields. LHU faculty members Dr. Beth McMahon and Dr. Kristin Vincenzes also presented at the conference.

The list of students, their presentation titles, and community partners are as follows:

• Bianca Dao & Ryan Shields – “Join the Majority/Find Your Anti-Drug” – Community Partner (CP): Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition/Youth Development Task Force and the Lycoming County School District.

• Kelsey Harris – “The Williamsport Home Wellness Program: Fall Prevention” – CP – Williamsport Nursing/Extended Care Home.

• Ashlyn Ricker – “Lycoming County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board” – CP – Judge Joy McCoy and the Lycoming County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board of Directors.

• Laura Crawford (MHS/Health Prom/Ed) – “Comprehensive, community driven approach to addressing opioid epidemic”- CP – Project Bald Eagle.

• Kellie Forziat (CMHC student) – “Opioid epidemic: Personal insight from survivors” – CP – Project Bald Eagle.

• Katie Leister & Marissa Haring – “Wellness initiative: Building heathy kids” – CP – Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition.

• Stephen Knechel & Laurie Welsh – “Dining with diabetes” – CP – Penn State University/Penn State Extension/Nutrition & Diet Health Team.

• Kelci Killian (MHS/Health Prom/Ed student) Pottsville Recreation Commission addressing socioeconomic disadvantaged youth – CP – Pottsville Recreation Commission.

For more information on Lock Haven University, visit http://www.LHUP.edu, email admissions@LHUP.edu, or call (570) 484.2011.

Lock Haven University is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.

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