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Dr. Susan Hanrahan wins national award


JONESBORO, Ark. – Dr. Susan Hanrahan, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) at Arkansas State University, recently received a special award at the national conference of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) in Orlando, Fla.

Dr. Hanrahan received a plaque naming her as the outstanding member of the ASAHP for 2012. She was selected in recognition for her contributions and leadership to the association.

The ASAHP, based in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to allied health education and practice and consists of 112 academic institutions and individual members.

In addition to being the dean of the CNHP, Dr. Hanrahan is a professor of Physical Therapy at ASU. She is a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Allied Health and holds national leadership positions with the ASAHP and the Allied Health Research Institute that is based in St. Louis.

In Arkansas, she serves as past chair of the steering committee for the Regional Board Area Health Education Centers (AHECs), is a past chair of the Health Policy Board, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, and serves on the governor's Roundtable for Health Care. She is the governor's representative on the Tobacco Settlement Commission and serves as chair and is also a member of the State HealthCare Workforce Planning Task Force.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin appointed her to the Comprehensive Planning Advisory Commission for the city. She also holds or has held positions on various boards in the Jonesboro community including the Center on Aging NE, Craighead County Community Foundation, St. Bernards Women’s Health, Our Kids Count Coalition, YMCA, American Heart Association, Regional Chamber of Commerce, Delta Symphony Orchestra, Women's Discovery Center, Hispanic Community Services Inc., Residential Housing and Health Care Facilities, Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House steering committee and NEA Clinic Charitable Foundation.

Photo: Dr. Susan Hanrahan