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Health department staff trains to provide continous improvement

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Knowledge is a powerful tool. The Bullitt County Health Department (BCHD) staff is acutely aware of the need for continuous improvement not only for the health department as a whole, but also, for each individual that makes up the health department team. Continuing education is for everyone-everywhere. Some know this a lifelong learning.

“Lifelong learning is vital to provide the most competent care for the residents of Bullitt County.” states Swannie Jett, Director, Bullitt County Health Department, “It is part of the culture here.” 

“Our Mission is to promote healthy lifestyles in Bullitt County through prevention and protection,” Jett states, “Our vision is to become a leader among local health departments in Kentucky in the areas of prevention, protection and health promotion.”

That continuous effort toward the BCHD vision resulted in the graduation of several staff members, over the past few months, from courses of study designed for professional and personal improvement.

Swannie Jett, DrPHc, MSc, Director graduated from the Survive and Thrive: Roadmap for New Local Health Officials. This year-long, national program focuses on management skills required for local health department leaders. Among the skills are engaging elected officials, governing boards, and state health departments; effective managing; engaging community partners; and provides access to peer and coaching resources.

The National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) conduct Survive and Thrive leadership course.

Andrea Renfrow, BSN, Nurse Administrator and Joe Haner, BS, Business Office Supervisor graduated from the Kentucky Public Health Leadership Institute. The Kentucky Public Health Leadership Institute (KPHLI) is a year-long development program for practitioners in the field of Public Health. 

Scholars who complete KPHLI are awarded a Certificate in Public Health Leadership from the Kentucky College of Public Health. 

KPHLI is one of 35 leadership institutes located throughout the United States. The mission of the Kentucky Public Health Leadership Institute (KPHLI) is to strengthen the public health system in the commonwealth of Kentucky by improving the skills of the professionals who administer state, regional, and local public health systems.

Elizabeth McGuire, BS, Health Educator III and Cynthia Brown, MSM, CHES, LPN, Health Education Coordinator graduated from the Leadership Empowerment Academy for Public Health. The Leadership Empowerment Academy for Public Health (LEAPH) offers concepts, strategies, and models to help public health employees develop and utilize leadership principles and practices that will assist them in accomplishing the mission of local public health departments effectively and efficiently.