Sharon Luke Discusses Healthy People 2010 Initiative during LINC Luncheon

May 25, 2010

LINC_Sharon_Luke.jpgSharon Luke, director of physician assistant studies, presented “The Healthy People Initiatives” during the second LINC Luncheon held Tuesday at Mount Union College.

As the new millennium was approaching, the United State Government decided that goals needed to be established to deal with healthcare issues as well as preventive care.  As a result, the Healthy People 2010 Initiative was established. Its goals are to increase the quality of life in years and to eliminate health care disparity for all citizens. This initiative was planned to evoke action in communities, schools and workplaces.

Luke also shared five steps to save 100,000 lives: 1) Have an annual flu shot, 2) Get a mammogram each year (females) after age 40, 3) Be screened for colon cancer beginning at age 50, 4) Quit smoking and 5) Ask about baby aspirin for heart protection.

Luke joined the staff at Mount Union in the spring of 2008 to lead the College’s new Physician Assistant Program, the first master’s level program offered at Mount Union in nearly a century. She earned a bachelor of science degree in the natural sciences (biology) from the University of Akron in 1986.  After completing some graduate-level coursework in microbiology and molecular biology at the University of Akron, she earned an associate of applied science degree from the CAAHEP-accredited Physician Assistant Program at Tri-C in 1996 and a master of science degree in health sciences from Cleveland State University in 2006.

The Community luncheon series known as LINC (lunch, information, networking, and conversation) that began last year was conceived to take advantage of the local expertise from Mount Union’s faculty and staff that exists in Alliance, in light of the College’s exceptional academic reputation.

The sessions are open to the public and will run from noon until 1 p.m. during the third Tuesday of the months of November, February, March and April. The cost for the lunch is $9 and will be served in the Hoover-Price Campus Center. A season ticket is available at a reduced cost. Sessions will be chaired by Doug Schwarz vice president of Alliance Ventures and executive director of the Greater Alliance Foundation, with comments and updates from Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of the College and Harry Paidas, vice president for public affairs and marketing.

The November 18 session will feature Angela Smith Alder, associate professor of criminal justice and director of pre-law, who will focus on “How Powerful is the President?”

For further information or to make a reservation contact Diane Thomas, assistant director of public affairs, at (330) 823-6063 or e-mail

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