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Health prof awarded faculty honor by local chamber

Yesterday during Austin Peay State Universitys Honors and Awards Ceremony, Dr. Carmen Reagan, professor of marketing and chair of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, presented the Chambers Faculty Distinguished Community Service Award to a faculty member in the APSU Department of Health and Human Performance.
Yesterday during Austin Peay State University's Honors and Awards Ceremony, Dr. Carmen Reagan, professor of marketing and chair of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, presented the Chamber's Faculty Distinguished Community Service Award to a faculty member in the APSU Department of Health and Human Performance.

Dr. Anne Black, associate professor of health and human performance, who received this year's award, was cited for volunteering her professional expertise in various aspects of the community and for taking on community leadership roles that relate to improving the health of citizens of Clarksville-Montgomery County.

Dr. Becky Glass, professor of health and human performance, nominated Black for the honor. In her nomination, Glass noted that Black serves as APSU's representative to and current chair of the Montgomery County Health Council.

During the past year, the Council explored and wrote a report on pharmacy assistance programs in Montgomery County. Black was instrumental in connecting the Montgomery County Health Council with the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System and coordinated school health grant efforts.

Besides her involvement in such health-improvement programs as the “Heart and Sole Walking Program,” Black is a trustee of the newly formed Clarksville-Montgomery County Community Health Foundation, which will oversee health-related grants in the community.

As part of the team responsible for the 2003-04 United Way Community Needs Assessment, Black helped design and implement a multistage project that maximized community participation to assess the needs of the county as they relate to United Way funding.

A trustee of the Clarksville Academy and a leader in her church, Black often is asked to speak to various community groups on nutrition, good health and quality-of-life issues.

Black, who joined the APSU faculty in 1996, earned her bachelor's degree from Princeton University and her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. -- Dennie B. Burke