Edenton native receives public health's Kaluzny Distinguished Alumni Award

May 12, 2005
Jerry Parks, an alumnus of UNC’s School of Public Health, was awarded the Arnold D. Kaluzny Distinguished Alumni Award at the recent 2005 Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture.The award recognizes graduates of the School of Public Health’s Public Health Leadership Program who have exhibited outstanding leadership in public health practice. Parks, a native of Edenton and the director of the seven-county Albemarle Regional Health Service, completed his master’s degree in public health through the program in 2000.

Parks’ public health career began in 1976, following graduation from East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental health. His expertise in the field has made him sought after for service on committees overseeing North Carolina health issues.

N.C. Secretary of Health and Human Services Carmen Hooker Odom appointed him to the statewide Public Health Task Force in 2003-2004. He also has been asked by N.C. Gov. Mike Easley to serve a second term on the State Health Coordinating Council, which oversees the State Medical Plan.

Additionally, Parks has served more than 14 years on the Edenton Town Council, including a term as mayor pro-tem.

The Arnold D. Kaluzny 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award honors Dr. Arnold D. Kaluzny, who retired in 2000 after 30 years of teaching at UNC’s School of Public Health. Kaluzny was one of the founders of the Leadership Doctor of Public Health degree program and the first director of the Public Health Leadership Program.

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