Linn County Board of Health Reception

On April 6, 2017 at 1 PM, the Linn County Board of Health will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Linn County Public Health and National Public Health Week with a community reception. The event will feature keynote speaker Patrick Lenihan, a panel discussion on opioid abuse as an emerging public health issue, and an awards ceremony celebrating community partners in public health. To reserve your spot, please RSVP to or 319-892-6000 by March 31, 2017. 
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2017 Keynote Speaker 

Patrick Lenihan, PhD, MUPP, Clinical Associate Professior at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Lenihan heads the Doctor of Public Health in Leadership Program. A former Deputy Health Commissioner for the City of Chicago, and founder of the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago, Dr. Lenihan has worked for over 30 years in non-profit and public sector health related organizations where he has directed planning, emergency preparedness, research, information systems, and analysis of regional and local health issues. He specializes in developing leadership and assisting organizations make and implement sustainable strategic decisions and has been a consultant to a variety of organizations including: health care providers, academic institutions, non-profit and government agencies, and trade and membership associations. Dr. Lenihan holds a Ph.D. in public policy, a Master's in urban planning and a economics, all from the University of Illinois. He has authored numerous studies and reports and is a frequent speaker and lecturer at professional meetings and area universities. Dr. Lenihan has been an active member and officer in several professional associations, is the past-president of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and a former chair of the American Public Health Association (APHA) Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section. He regularly serves on civic, social service, academic and governmental advisory bodies.

Panel Discussion on Opioid Abuse

Al Fear, Eastern Iowa Heroin Initiative
Carri Castell, University of Iowa College of Public Health
Rod Courtney, Sixth Judicial District
Pat Reinert, U.S. Department of Justice Northern District of Iowa
Melissa Walker, Area Substance Abuse Council 

Community Partner Awards

The Linn County Board of Health will recognize the following individuals and organizations for their contributions to public health and dedication to supporting the public health mission.

  • Caleb Gates, Catholic Charities
  • Paula Land, Catherine McAuley Center
  • Wanda Miller, City of Cedar Rapids
  • Brandon Whyte, Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • SIM C3 Coalition

Archived Reception Programs