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Quality Expert Blanton Godfrey Will Address School of Public Health Awards Luncheon April 2nd

For release: March 28, 2013
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901-678-2843

Renowned quality expert Dr. Blanton Godfrey, former board chairman of the Institute forHealthcare Improvement (IHI) and one of the creators of the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award, will be the featured speaker at the School of Public Health Awards Luncheon at the University of Memphis on Tuesday, April 2. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Center Bluff Room (Room 304).

Godfrey will discuss ways of improving community health in light of health care reform. The luncheon also will recognize community leaders who have had a significant impact on public health, as well as graduate students who participated in the School of Public Health’s inaugural interdisciplinary Healthy Shelby Team Competition.

Godfrey, dean of North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles, has taught in more than 60 countries and consulted with top executives around the globe. Before joining NCSU in 2000, he was chairman and CEO of the Juran Institute, a leading international consulting, research, and training organization focused on quality management and business excellence.

In 1987 he helped found the National Demonstration Project for Health Care Quality Improvement with Harvard’s Don Berwick, who became administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That project evolved into the not-for-profit IHI, a major force in changing health care management throughout the world.

The honorees include Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell (Government); Yvonne S. Madlock, director of the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department (Public Health Achievement); Cristie Upshaw Travis, CEO of Memphis Business Group on Health (Non-profit Organization); and the late philanthropists Jabie and Helen Hardin (Dean’s Award).

Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage adjacent to the University Center.

For more information on the event, email


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