MARPC 2017 Volunteer of the Year



Inaugural Award Presented at Annual Meeting


September 26, 2017

Our very first honoree as MARPC Volunteer of the Year is originally from Spring Hill, KS.  He earned a Bachelor’s in Pharmacy from the University of Kansas; completed medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia; and earned his Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.


During his 23 year career with the United State Army, he served in places such as Frankfurt, Germany; Honolulu, Hawaii; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Tacoma, Washington; Fort Knox, Kentucky; and Fort Carson, Colorado.  His last assignment was as Chief of the Department of Public Health at Fort Riley, Kansas and it was during this assignment that he became involved with MARPC.


He is consistent with his attendance, he participates in our events, he was a partner in bringing Fort Riley into our coalition and implementing our “Sticker Shock” program into the retail stores at Fort Riley.  He leads our Data Committee and provides guidance to our social media marketing and website revision process.  But our committee unanimously selected him for this honor because he inspires many of us to also participate.


He is board certified in Preventive Medicine and a member of the American College of Preventive Medicine.  He is the former Vice President of the Manhattan Riley County Board of Health and has been appointed to the Kansas Bioterrorism Coordinating Council.  He directed and instructed the Masters of Public Health externship program at Fort Riley for both Kansas State University and the University of Kansas.


He retired from the U.S. Army in December 2015 at the rank of Colonel but he continues to be active in public health by also serving on the city's Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee and with the Geary County Perinatal Coalition.


The Inaugural


Dr. Paul Benne Volunteer of the Year Award


Presented September, 2017 to


Paul Benne, MD MPH

COL (Ret), US Army


 In recognition of your service to

Manhattan Area Risk Prevention Coalition

Our Mission:  To reduce risky behaviors through prevention education, community collaboration and other Drug-Free Community or similarly evidence-based strategies.

MARPC   Manhattan Area Risk Prevention Coalition

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