On Friday, November 9, 2012, representing the National Park Service, Midwest Regional Director Michael T. Reynolds signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska by and on behalf of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).
The first of its kind in the Service, the 5-year MOU with the College of Public Health allows UNMC the opportunity to teach and learn in NPS areas while collectively assisting the NPS with portions of projects related to public health concentrations taught at UNMC. This includes biostatistics, epidemiology, health policy, health promotion, public health administration, environmental and occupational health, maternal and child health, community primary care, social marketing/health communication, and emergency preparedness. This framing MOU aims to allow the NPS and UNMC the opportunity to work together to address the goals of the NPS Healthy Parks Healthy People Program.
In attendance at the signing were Regional Director Reynolds, UNMC College of Public Health Dean and Professor of Epidemiology and Health Promotion Ayman A.E. El-Mohandes; UNMC Center for Global Health and Development Associate Director, Administration and Program Development Bruce R. Grogan; UNMC College of Public Health Professor Andrew Jameston; UNMC College of Public Health Professor and Chair, Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health, Terry T-K Huang; UNMC College of Public Health Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health, Eleanor Rogan; and NPS Associate Regional Director (Acting) for Natural Resources Stewardship and
Sciences Patrick Walsh.