Piedmont, Mercer Name Nieb Executive Director of Center

On May 1, Sharon L. Nieb became the executive director of the Center for Health and Learning, a center of excellence established by Piedmont Healthcare and Mercer University in 2005 to provide solutions to today’s challenges in healthcare delivery, education and research.

“Ms. Nieb brings tremendous expertise and experience to this new position,” said Richard Swindle, Ph.D., senior vice president for Mercer University – Atlanta. “Her extensive background in program development, grant coordination, operational management and strategic planning will move the Center for Health and Learning forward effectively and efficiently.”

“We were delighted to bring Sharon to the Center for Health and Learning,” said Michele Molden, president and CEO of Piedmont Heart Institute. “Her skills were a natural fit for both of these organizations. We look to Sharon to help the Center achieve its vision.”

Prior to her current work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Nieb served six years, as program director of the Jane Fonda Center at Emory University School of Medicine, which focuses on maternal-child and adolescent health. During her tenure at Emory, she established a state-of-the-art training facility, developed training modules for physicians clarifying best practices on adolescent reproductive health topics, and secured grants from private foundations.  In addition, she was co-principal investigator on a $1 million federal grant from the Office of Population Affairs.  She is also co-author of a health education curriculum, Media Madness, which is designed to reduce the media’s influence on adolescent sexual behavior.

Before moving to Atlanta in 2001, she was manager of Community Health Enhancement for nine years at Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Ind., a major regional health care system hospital. Among her accomplishments, she collaborated with local and state governments to promote public health and organized highly successful training programs for the community on tobacco use prevention, homeless shelter issues, infant mortality prevention and abstinence education. She also secured and administrated seven public health grants totaling $150,000 a year.

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., she holds a Master of Social Work degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. She has begun doctoral studies in sociology at Emory University.

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