UK College of Public Health Alumni Take Helm of National Association
LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 18, 2014) — University of Kentucky College of Public Health alumna Georgia Heise began her term as president of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) at the organization's annual meeting in July. Another graduate of the college, Swannie Jett, will serve as president-elect for 2014-2015.
Heise, who received her DrPH from the UK College of Public Health, is director of Three Rivers Health District Health Department in Owenton, Kentucky. She serves Kentuckians in the rural counties of Carroll, Gallatin, Owen and Pendleton. Heise also works closely with the Kentucky Department for Public Health's Center for Performance Management. She is a Kentucky and National Public Health Leadership Institute Fellow, as well as an adjunct instructor for the University of Kentucky's College of Public Health. Heise is particularly interested in advancing public health in the areas of accreditation and policy development.
Jett, who received both his MSc and DrPH at the University of Kentucky, is a health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County. In this role, he leads community initiatives to strengthen the Seminole County Health Department infrastructure by improving funding streams and workforce competencies, and creating partnerships to improve population health outcomes. Jett is a captain in the Air Force National Guard and completed the National Public Health Leadership Institute in 2011. He is most interested in addressing the issues of environmental justice, global warming, air pollution, and health equity.
NACCHO is a national organization made up of 2,700 health departments across the United States. The vision of the organization is to achieve health, equity, and security for all people in the organization’s member communities through public health policies and services.
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