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Board Member Biography
Harold Burden
As Director of Health Education and Assistant Director of the Health for Life Center and Health Educator  for Wellness Services, Harold Burden was involved for 25 years in health screenings, health promotion and education for the general public and employee groups, including hospital staff, at Portland Adventist Medical Center.
Mr. Burden directed all smoking cessation programs at the hospital, coordinated and was a speaker for the hospital's annual televised 5-Day Plan to Stop Smoking, coordinated the hospital's cholesterol screening program and coronary risk education program, including screenings and educational sessions at U.S. Forest Service sites in six northwestern states, and served on the Oregon Heart Association's speaker's bureau.
Since his retirement in 1998, he has volunteered full-time with the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP), a community based lifestyle program with approximately 200 sites across North America.
Mr. Burden graduated with a bachelor's of science in Theology and Biblical Languages from Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA, with a master's of arts in New Testament Greek from Potomac University, Washington, D.C., a master's of divinity from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI, and a master's of public health from the School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA.
"Government functions to protect the common welfare by assuring that the best nutritional information and counseling is available to the public," he says.  "I am glad to be one part of this oversight and affirming process."