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YMCA of Greater Louisville recognizes Muriel Harris

Dr. Muriel HarrisMuriel Harris, PhD, associate professor, department of health promotion and behavioral sciences, University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences, has been  recognized by the YMCA of Greater Louisville as one the organization’s volunteers of the year.

“We are privileged to be the recipient of Dr. Harris’ keen expertise and service,” said Steve Tarver President/CEO, association services office, YMCA of Greater Louisville.

She was honored recently during a recognition dinner for her service on the YMCA’s Pioneering Healthy Communities (PHC) team. PHC is a large scale, collaborative health endeavor led by the ‘Y’ with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Harris has regularly attended committee meetings and has presented both locally and nationally within the PHC movement. Specifically, she has led the effort to develop tools to evaluate the effectiveness of the Y5210 school physical activity and nutrition program, the Food Fight social marketing campaign and the Healthy in a Hurry Corner Store initiative, which helped secure funding for the ‘Y’ from the national office.

Most recently, she has served as a resource to the Bingham Fellows related to social marketing, and continues to support the ‘Y’ as they seek to improve the health of our community.

The ‘Y’ staff served as coaches for her Critical Thinking and Program Evaluation class (1st year MPH), and in return Harris offered training in program evaluation.

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