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Published 5/24/2004
Owens Community College Chair Appointed to National Health Leadership Organization

Lee Grinonneau Owens Community College Chair of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, Lee Grinonneau, has been chosen among health care professionals nationwide to participate in the Coalition for Allied Health Leadership (CAHL) program.

The CAHL is comprised of 30 leaders within the allied health care community who are dedicated to exploring national issues affecting the present and future of allied health practice and education. Supported through a cooperative grant issued by the Bureau of Health Professions, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the program was created with the overall mission of providing leadership for emerging professionals within allied health. The national leadership organization is being supported through the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, the Health Professions Network and the National Network of Health Career Programs in Two-Year Colleges.

As an organizational member, CAHL participants will have the opportunity to define qualities of leadership and learn about various problem-solving and decision- making skills. In addition, individuals will discuss regulatory and legislative issues facing the allied health field and learn how to work with governmental agencies to advance the profession.

"Selection to the Coalition for Allied Health Leadership program is a privilege and honor," Grinonneau said. "I see my appointment as a unique opportunity to collaborate with fellow health care professionals and work toward enhancing the quality of practice, education and research as it relates to the allied health care community."

Grinonneau joined the College as Chair of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program in 1999. His responsibilities include overseeing all instructional and academic curriculum aspects related to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. During his tenure, Grinonneau has been instrumental in the incorporation of alternative clinical education delivery methods. Under his direction, Owens students have had the unique opportunity to become involved in various service-based educational settings, such as participation in the Muscular Dystrophy Association Camp at Camp Miakonda in Sylvania.

His professional and community involvement includes membership with the American Physical Therapy Association and the Lucas County "4 Your Heart" Health Coalition.

He holds a bachelor's degree in physical therapy and a master's degree in exercise science from the University of Toledo. A licensed physical therapist for 17 years, Grinonneau is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in health education from the University of Toledo. He resides in Monclova.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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