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Member Spotlight: DeKalb County Health Director Sandra Ford Discusses Her Department’s Wellness Policy and Highlights Successes from the MORE Moms Program

Interview by Taylarr Lopez, Communications Specialist, NACCHO

NACCHO’s Member Spotlight series features interviews with local health department leaders and staff about their careers in public health. This interview features Sandra Ford, MD, MBA, FAAP, District Health Director and CEO of District 3, Unit 5 DeKalb County Board of Health in Georgia. She is also a member of NACCHO’s Board of Directors. Below, she shares how her department was the first in the state to implement a wellness policy, which encourages staff members to be active during the day, and highlights the successes of the Mothers Offering Resources and Education (MORE) Moms programs. Continue reading

Member Spotlight: Cincinnati Health Department’s Denisha Porter Discusses Her Agency’s Path to Accreditation and Highlights Her Community Health Promotion Successes

Interview by Taylarr Lopez, Communications Specialist, NACCHO

NACCHO’s Member Spotlight series features interviews with local health department leaders and staff about their careers in public health. This interview features Denisha Porter, MPH, Director of Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness and the Creating Healthy Communities Program at the Cincinnati Health Department. She is also a member of NACCHO’s Board of Directors. Below she shares how she worked with the local housing authority to implement smoke-free multi-unit housing for 13,000 residents and discusses her department’s efforts to achieve accreditation.

Tell us about your career path in public health.

I went to Miami University in Ohio to pursue a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and found out about public health through my minor study, medical sociology. During one of my classes, a wall advertisement for a graduate program in public health caught my eye but I didn’t immediately act on it. After I received my undergraduate degree, I worked as a health unit coordinator in the bone marrow transplant division at The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health. Unfortunately, during this time I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer but was grateful that I was surrounded by the best doctors in cancer medicine and treatment. Thankfully, I was able to have my thyroid removed and I was cleared of any signs of cancer. Those circumstances really shaped my passion for public health and gave me that final push to attend Wright State University to obtain my master’s in public health. Continue reading

Member Spotlight: Health Director Dr. Crystal Miller Discusses Needle Exchange Programs, Critical Partnerships, and Sustainable Funding

Interview by Taylarr Lopez, Communications Specialist, NACCHO

NACCHO’s Member Spotlight series features interviews with local health department leaders and staff about their careers in public health. This interview features Crystal Miller, DrPH, MPH, Director of the WEDCO District Health Department in Kentucky. She is also a member of NACCHO’s Board of Directors. Below she shares the challenges of leading a local health department in tough financial and political times and how she is preparing her department for the future. Continue reading

Member Spotlight: Director and Health Officer Dawn C. Allicock Discusses Innovative Management Models and Addresses the Public Health Effects of Zika and Hurricane Matthew

Interview by Taylarr Lopez, Communications Specialist, NACCHO

NACCHO’s Member Spotlight series features interviews with local health department leaders and staff about their careers in public health. This interview features Dawn C. Allicock, MD, MPH, CPH, Director and Health Officer with the Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County. She is a member of NACCHO’s Board of Directors.  Below she shares her background in public health and highlights a few of her greatest accomplishments in the field.

Tell us about your career path in public health.

I have been the Director and Health Officer with the Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County (DOH – St. Johns) since 2004. I have a varied and diverse medical education and public health background that forms my focused vision for public health.

I received a BA from Dartmouth College, an MD from the Eugenio Maria de Hostos University School of Medicine in the Dominican Republic, and an MPH from the University of South Florida, College of Public Health Practice Executive Program. In 2008, as a member of the Charter Class for Voluntary National Certification in Public Health, I became one of the first in the nation to become certified in public health. I completed my pediatric residency training at the University of Missouri, Columbia and I am licensed to practice medicine in Florida, Texas, and Nebraska. I am board certified in urgent care medicine and board eligible in pediatrics. Continue reading

Member Spotlight: Health Department Director Muriel DeLaVergne-Brown Discusses Her Experiences in Public Health and the Benefits of Being a NACCHO Member

Interview by Taylarr Lopez, Communications Specialist, NACCHO

NACCHO’s Member Spotlight series features interviews with local health department leaders and staff about their careers in public health. This interview features Muriel DeLaVergne-Brown, RN, MPH, Health and Human Services Director of the Crook County Health Department in Prineville, OR. She is a member of NACCHO’s Global Climate Change Workgroup, the 2017 Winter Leadership Meeting Committee, and the Leadership Development Institute Community of Practice. Below she shares her path in public health and highlights a few of the challenges her health department is addressing. Continue reading

Member Spotlight: Health Department Director Jeff Kuhr Provides His Insights on Changes in Public Health and Shares the Value of NACCHO’s Advocacy Work

Interview by Taylarr Lopez, Communications Specialist, NACCHO

NACCHO’s Member Spotlight series features interviews with local health department leaders and staff about their careers in public health. This interview features Jeff Kuhr, PhD, Director of the Mesa County Health Department in Grand Junction, CO. He has served on many boards and committees, including the current NACCHO Board of Directors and previously on the Accreditation Preparation and Quality Improvement Committee. He has been a member of NACCHO for 12 years. Below, he explains how his career in public health began, shares the highlights of his career, and discusses the challenges facing his department. Continue reading

Member Spotlight: Local Health Official Doug Mathis Discusses Why Building Relationships Has Been the Highlight of His Career

doug-mathisBy Taylarr Lopez, Communications Specialist, NACCHO

NACCHO’s Member Spotlight series features interviews with local health department leaders and staff about their careers in public health. This entry features Doug Mathis, MA, Administrator of the Henry County Health Department in New Castle, IN. Mr. Mathis has served on NACCHO committees including the Profile Workgroup, the Ebola Virtual Situation Room, and the Media Champions Network. Mr. Mathis shares his story below. Continue reading