Johnson earns ALA of North Dakota's Lifetime Achievement Award

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GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The American Lung Association of North Dakota presented its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to Associate Professor Eric L. Johnson, MD, in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The association presented the award at its North Dakota Leadership Board meeting on May 23 in Bismarck, N.D.

The award recognizes an “individual whose dedication and partnership throughout the years has made a substantial impact on lung health issues,” the association said in announcing the award.

Johnson is the president of Tobacco Free North Dakota and the physician consultant to NDQuits. He is the medical director for the SMHS’s Physician Assistant Program and assistant medical director for Altru Health System’s Diabetes Center. He also is the president of the American Diabetes Association North Dakota Affiliate.

He directs the SMHS’s Interprofessional Education Program through which he also teaches in the school’s course on Interprofessional Health Care, which includes students from nine health professions from across the University of North Dakota: medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, music therapy, communication sciences and disorders, social work, counseling psychology, and nutrition and dietetics. The course is run on a collaborative model that doesn’t assign a “higher” value to any one profession or specialty over any other in learning team health-care concepts.

“I’m pleased to be recognized for this award and to work with such high-quality collaborators around the state and region to improve the health of North Dakotans by reducing the disease burden from tobacco,” Johnson said.


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