University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing Assistant Professor Donna Dunn, PhD, CRNP, CNM, FNP-BC, has recently been appointed to the Steering Committee of the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Office of Women’s Health (OWH) and elected as the organization’s vice chair.
Dunn, who had previously served as a volunteer with the OWH, was appointed to a one-year term on the Steering Committee as one of three voting members representing the Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA).
The OWH was created in 2002 by Alabama Legislative Act 2002-141 to:
· Educate the public and be an advocate for women's health by establishing appropriate forums to educate the public regarding women's health, with an emphasis on preventive health and healthy lifestyles.
· Assist the state health officer in identifying, coordinating, and establishing priorities for programs, services, and resources the state should provide for women's health issues and concerns.
· Serve as a clearinghouse and resource for information regarding women's health data, services, and programs that address women's health issues.
· Provide an annual report on the status of women's health and activities of the office to the Governor and the Legislature.
Along with the ASNA representatives, the Steering Committee is made up of three physicians appointed by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, three pharmacists appointed by the Alabama Pharmaceutical Association, three employers appointed by the Business Council of Alabama, three members appointed by the Alabama Hospital Association, three registered dietitians appointed by the Alabama Dietetic Association and one consumer member appointed by the governor, one by the lieutenant governor and one by the speaker of the house.
Dunn earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) degree from the School in 2013.
Dunn to serve Alabama Office of Women's Health in two capacities
- March 18, 2016
Volunteer efforts lead to appointment to Steering Committee, election as Vice Chair