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Wabanaki Director Dana-Sacco Named Hanley Center Fellow

Contact: Gail Dana-Sacco, 581-1417

ORONO — Gail Dana-Sacco, Ph.D, director of the University of Maine’s Wabanaki Center, has been selected as a fellow in the 2009 Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership program, a mentorship program established to identify and train emerging leaders in the field of health across the state.

The program is designed to help prepare a small select group of highly experienced leaders to effect substantive change in health and health care systems in Maine, according to the Portland-based Hanley Center. Mentors are selected from a pool of distinguished leaders from Maine’s health and healthcare communities and other professions.

Dana-Sacco was selected for the program because of her experience, leadership qualities, and “her strong commitment to decreasing health disparities facing Native Americans and other underserved populations in Maine,” according to Sean Hanley, M.D., chair of the Hanley Center Board of Directors.

Daniel Hanley was head physician at Bowdoin College for 33 years and served as executive director of the Maine Medical Association. Also an internationally known sports medicine physician, he served as chief physician of the United States Olympic team from 1964-1972 and was a member of the International Olympic Medical Commission.

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