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Distinguished Alumni Award 2017

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Honors College 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award went to Amanda Dennison BA'09/BS-09

Amanda Dennison is the STD and Hepatitis Prevention Program Manager at the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). She graduated from Cleveland State University in 2009 with an Honors BA in Anthropology and a BS in Health Sciences. Following her time at CSU. Amanda pursued a graduate degree in public health at George Washington University in Washington. D.C. While studying at GW, Amanda spent time in Kenya where she worked on multiple public health projects including primary school water and sanitation practices and schistosomiasis prevention. Amanda retumed to Cleveland in 2012 to start her professional career at the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland. now known as Circle Health Services. Amanda served as the HIV Outreach Coordinator and HIV Prevention Program Manager for 2.5 years before setting her sights on state government. Amanda accepted the STD and Hepatitis Prevention Program Manager position at ODH and moved to Columbus in 2014. Since then, Amanda has become Principal Investigator on several federal cooperative agreements and is responsible for managing all aspects of STD and hepatitis prevention programs across the state. Ainanda has served as the Section Chief for STD, Hepatitis, and HIV Prevention and Surveillance Programs at which time she had a vital role in developing and implementing the ()hio HIV Prevention and Cave Integrated Plan, 2017-2021. When not immersed in the world of STDs and hepatitis, Amanda can be found running the various trails in Columbus or enjoying a book with the company of her three cats.