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Dorothy Hanson

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Dorothy ended her term of service in July 2009.


In January 2005, Dorothy Russell Hanson commenced a three-year term of service as a consultant on AIDS in East Africa. She lived in Ethiopia and worked in the coordinating office of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) where policy and education are provided in the fight to prevent HIV/AIDS. She also worked with the Presbyterian Church of East Africa.

Dorothy was one of two AIDS consultants serving in Africa with the PC(USA), along with Janet Guyer in southern Africa.

Dorothy had the perfect background to undertake this ministry, having 40 years experience as a nurse, a teacher and a teacher of nurses. Prior to her appointment, Dorothy worked with the PC(USA)’s International Health Ministries Office as coordinator of the church’s response to the international AIDS pandemic.

Before joining PC(USA)’s national staff in 2002, Dorothy worked for the Arizona Department of Health Services. From 1997 to 2002, she was program manager for the Office of Women’s and Children’s Health, providing both instruction and licenses to Arizona midwives. Concurrently, and since 1985, Dorothy was on the faculty of the University of Phoenix, teaching nutrition, health, development, health law and ethics and communication.

From 1988 to 1993 Dorothy worked for the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, as a clinical nurse specialist, responsible for overseeing the birth of 6,000 infants every year.

Dorothy has also taught at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona (1974-1985) and Morris Harvey College in Charleston, West Virginia (1970-1974).

Dorothy holds a Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix, a Master of Art in counseling from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington.

Dorothy is a member of Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

Birthday: October 2

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  • I thank God for commited women like Dorothy, I like reading stories and biography of people who made a difference in some hopeless situations of other human beings. Iam a malawian Nurse worked in an Hiv/Aids Programme , i knew Doiothy at the International Malawi HIV/AIDS Workshop of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2003. I can recall our interactions like yesterday, and i appreciate the material that was delivered which helped me improve in my work experience . I just want to wish Dorothy a happy retirement and i believe God will continue to use her in His own way. May God bless His work. by Doreen on 03/04/2014 at 8:27 p.m.

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