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Valle Joins Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission

New Lenox, IL (September 25, 2012)— The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission (HCC) announced Maribel “Mari” Valle, Ph.D., M.P.H., as a new member of the Hospital’s Commission.

marivalle_hc_commmember“Mari brings a wealth of community public health programming experience to the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission,” said Margie Woods, Chair of the Healthy Community Commission. “With her on the Commission, we have enhanced the our understanding and ability to assist even more area residents who are greatly in need of help.”

Valle has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Northwestern University. She completed a Masters degree in Public Health, Maternal and Child Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Doctorate degree in Philosophy, Community Health Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She then went on to complete a Public Health Informatics Fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She currently is an Assistant Professor for the College of Business and Health Administration at the University of St. Francis. Prior to her current position, she was an Assistant Professor for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Public Health and Health Education Programs at Northern Illinois University. She also was a Public Health Informatics Fellow for the Division of Public Health Surveillance and Informatics, Epidemiology Program Office at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, she was a Community Health Partners Project Fellow for the School of Public Health for the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Over the years, Valle has taught numerous courses on Public Health Programs, research methods, health systems in the United States, theories and principles in health promotion, ethics and public health, social and behavioral aspects of public health, principles of health planning and management, and critical thinking for health professionals. She has researched and presented over 20 articles for various industry publications and scholarly contributions. Currently, she is a member of the following organizations: American Public Health Association; American Public Health Association – Health Information Technology Committee; Academy Health; and Association of CDC Public Health Informatics Alumni.

About the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission

In January 2008, the Silver Cross Hospital Board of Trustees and local community leaders launched a new not-for-profit organization called the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission.  The Commission is chaired by retired Will County Board Member, Margie Woods, and has 16 members that represent the interests of constituencies on Joliet’s east side and surrounding communities in Will County.

A commission of this nature is unprecedented in Will County.  The purpose of Silver Cross’s Healthy Community Commission (HCC) is essentially to coordinate and enhance existing programs for workforce development, education and business growth with a focus on health care and construction. One of the not-for-profit organization’s main goals is to create a stronger, healthier future for Will County. 

Valle joins 15 members of the Healthy Community Commission. They are Margie Woods, Betty Washington, Mary Bakken, Richard Brandolino, Herbert Brooks, Jr., Manuela Botello, William Brownlow, Cesar D. Cardenas, Ruth Colby, Terry D’Arcy, Rev. Richard D. House, Hugo Manzo, Rev. Edward Martin Jr., Theresa A. Rodriguez, and Howard Wright. 

About Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years; one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers and was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices and recently opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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