Cooper talk will focus on Cherokee health issues

Casey Cooper

Casey Cooper, the chief executive officer of Cherokee Indian Hospital, will speak about health issues concerning the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the theater of the A.K. Hinds University Center on the campus of Western Carolina University.

The event is free. The public is invited. This annual lecture on Indian health is sponsored by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel and WCU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.

Cooper has served the Eastern Band community as a primary care nurse, community health nurse, nurse educator and nursing manager since graduating from nursing school in 1993. As EBCI health director from 1999-2004, he helped shape public health policy with a focus on chronic disease prevention and led a communitywide initiative to assume the management responsibilities of the Cherokee Indian Hospital from the Indian Health Services. Cooper received his bachelor’s degree in nursing from Gardner-Webb University and a master’s degree in business from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

For more information, contact Marie Huff, associate dean of the WCU College of Health and Human Sciences, at 828-227-7271.