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Milligan professor to present lecture on health research in Alaska

EKGMILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (Feb. 19, 2014) — When patients tell their health care providers about their health histories and practices for maintaining and improving health, can the providers believe them?

Dr. Amy Swango-Wilson will address that question and others in her lecture on Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in Milligan College’s Hyder Auditorium, located in the Science building.

The lecture is titled “Agreement between Self-Report and Medical Record Prevalence of 16 Chronic Conditions in the Alaska EARTH Study.” It is free and open to the public.

Swango-Wilson serves as associate professor of nursing at Milligan. Her lecture is a summary of her work with the Alaska Education and Research Towards Health (EARTH) study, which identifies protective and risk factors for chronic diseases among Alaska Native people.

Through her research, Swango-Wilson found that health literacy is important for improved health services. She also concluded that planning for health care in minority populations may not have accurate numbers for a true determination of health status and programs needed to improve community health.

Her study was recently published in The Journal of Primary Care and Community Health in January 2014. In March, she will also deliver this lecture to a research conference in Alaska for tribal elders.

Swango-Wilson joined the Milligan faculty in 2012. She has a Ph.D. in health services from Walden University (Minneapolis, Minn.), a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Kentucky (Lexington, Ky.) and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Berea College (Berea, Ky.).

In addition to her more than 25 years of teaching experience, Swango-Wilson also has a rich background of clinical experience in the nursing and community health fields.

For more information about Milligan, visit www.milligan.edu.

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MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan College, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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