Kershner Named Health Education Professional of Year

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The American Association for Health Education (AAHE) has selected Ruth Kershner, Ed.D., as the recipient of the AAHE Health Education Professional of the Year Award for the College/University category. Kershner, a clinical associate professor in the WVU Department of Community Medicine, is the first person from West Virginia to receive this national award.

“We are so fortunate to have Ruth as a faculty member here at WVU. Her teaching efforts reach far beyond this campus. Ruth plays a major role in educating communities throughout the state and around the nation, so it comes as no surprise that she has been honored with this national award,” said John E. Prescott, M.D., dean of the WVU School of Medicine.

Kershner is a registered nurse, West Virginia certified in school health, and is nationally credentialed as a health education specialist. She teaches undergraduate courses in school health and a variety of graduate courses. She also serves as the alcohol educator for the WVU School of Medicine.

Kershner’s special interests include substance abuse education, violence prevention, rape prevention education, women's health, nursing care of the elderly, and hospice. She has presented at state, national and international conferences about rape prevention. In addition, Kershner works in the community as a volunteer nurse, with community social justice groups, and with the Planned Approach to Community Health (PATCH) program. She is a visiting assistant professor in the School of Physical Education and also serves as a faculty associate in the Center for Women's Studies.

Kershner will be presented with her award during the association’s Awards Luncheon during the 2005 Chicago Convention, Friday, April 15. The awards are given in six categories: Public Schools (K-12); College/University; Public/Community; Clinical/Medical Care/Patient; Business/Industry/Workplace; and Health Education Administrator. Candidates for the awards are solicited from the six District Associations of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), with recipients selected by the AAHE Awards Committee.

The Health Educator Professional of the Year awards are funded by the Tampax Health Education Division of Procter and Gamble.

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