April 19, 2004 Vol. VIII, No. 14



News Briefs

President Koester Receives Pioneer Women Award

Acting jointly with the Los Angeles City Council, the City of Los Angeles' Commission on the Status of Women honored President Jolene Koester with its 2004 Pioneer Women Award in March, the national Women's History Month.

Koester, one of 15 women selected by the commission and the City Council, was cited for her "exemplary record of commitment and numerous significant contributions to the support, protection and awareness of the valuable accomplishments of women in our society."

District 12 Councilmember Greig Smith nominated the president for the award, accepted in Council chambers by Chief of Staff Claire Cavallaro on behalf of President Koester, who was away on university business.

Among the other honorees were CSUN alumna Tyree Wieder, president of Los Angeles Valley College, and former California First Lady Sharon Davis.

"It is a privilege to join the roll call of women who have received this very special tribute," said President Koester. "I am grateful to the Commission and to Councilmember Smith for their recognition of my work, which reflects the inspiration and support of the entire community of dedicated educators and staff at Cal State Northridge." n

Klotz Health Center Achieves Important Accreditation

Cal State Northridge's Addie L. Klotz Student Health Center has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), a private, not-for-profit national agency established in 1979 to develop appropriate standards and to measure the performance of ambulatory health care organizations.

"The AAAHC success is due to the collaborative and dedicated efforts of the entire Student Health Center staff," said health center special projects coordinator Lynne Landeta, "and to the leadership of Dr. Linda Reid Chassiakos, the center's director."

As an applicant for AAAHC accreditation, the Northridge health center was required to pass a series of rigorous and nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care.

Landeta said all department heads assisted in the review and revision of their departmental policies in accordance with AAAHC standards, whose primary focus is ambulatory health care nationwide.

More than 1,300 U.S. ambulatory health care organizations such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield, commercial insurance carriers and government agencies, are accredited by the AAAHC.

"The accreditation is a testament not only to the center's compliance on the AAAHC core standards," said Landeta, "but it attests to the excellent quality of care delivered to students, in all of its areas."

The Klotz center provides laboratory and X-ray services, wellness care, reproductive and sexual health services, a wide-ranging health education program, smoking cessation services, optometry, substance use and nutrition counseling, and a range of other services. It also provides opportunities for students to work with health care professionals and health promotion staff on health fairs, survey development and career preparation.

For more information about the center, visit its Web site at ,a href="http://www.csun .edu/studenthealthcenter">www.csun .edu/studenthealthcenter.


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