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SHEPHERDSVILLE - Swannie Jett, director of the Bullitt County Health Department, has been selected for participation in the National Public Health Leadership Institute (NPHLI).
Based with the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health in Chapel Hill and now in its 20th year, the NPHLI is a prestigious year-long program funded through the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
About 50 participants from high-level public health positions are annually selected from a large field of applicants.
Only a handful of Kentucky graduates are listed in the 2011 directory.
NPHLI prepares executive public health leaders to better lead change in the public health system, both locally and nationally.
The program is based on action learning, in which the scholars and coaches address major workplace challenges, primarily through assigned readings, webinars and teleconferences.
The first of two on-site meetings was April 26-29 in Chapel Hill.
Jett participated at this meeting and was joined by two other local health department directors from Kentucky - Scott Lockard of the Clark County Health Department and Crystal Miller of WEDCO, based in Cynthiana.
Upon completion of the program in February 2012, all will be eligible for membership in the National Public Health Leadership Society.
Jett has been Bullitt County Health Director since 2009.
He was previously employed by the Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness as a manager.
He also serves as a captain with the Air National Guard and anticipates receiving his doctoral degree in public health this summer.
Jett also holds BS in statistics and a MS in Biosystems Engineering Technology.