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UGAs College of Public Health honors youth and health coordinator
Karen Neff, center, receives the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health Preceptor of the Year Award with interns Jenessa Teague, left, and Kelly Truesdell.

The University of Georgia’s College of Public Health honored a preceptor and her agency at the annual Practice Advisory Group spring luncheon.

Each spring, the Practice Advisory Group comes together for updates and planning. This year, an award was given to the Preceptor of the year.

Written nominations were submitted by students, and one person was selected.

Receiving the Preceptor of the Year Award was Karen Neff with Public Health District 2 in Gainesville.

Neff is the adolescent health and youth development program coordinator for the district. She implemented and oversees the Be Proud! Be Responsible! curriculum in the Hall County Juvenile Justice System. This curriculum is an evidence-based intervention reducing the risk of HIV, STDs and teen pregnancy.

Neff was nominated by interns Jenessa Teague and Kelly Truesdell, both students with concentrations in health promotion and behavior.

“Karen is not only our internship supervisor, but a great mentor and someone (who) we can rely on not only professionally, but personally as well,” Teague wrote.

The Practice Advisory Group functions to direct and guide the Internship and Residency Programs for the College of Public Health and connect academic resources of the college to public health agencies.

Founded in 2005, UGA’s College of Public Health has grown from two master’s of public health concentrations to eight.

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