We are pleased to invite our neighbor Allison Adams, President of the Kentucky Health Department Association to speak to us this year at our 2019 Annual Meeting.
Allison began her career as the Public Health Director for the Buffalo Trace District Health Department in August of 2008. As the Director, she is responsible for the operation of a small multicounty health department and ensuring the delivery of a broad range of public health services to 20,000 residents.
Allison has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine from Marietta College and a Master of Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University. She completed the Kentucky Public Health Leadership Institute from the School of Public Health at the University of Kentucky. She also holds a Certificate for lactation counseling. Allison completed an associate degree in nursing in the Spring of 2016.
Prior to becoming the Public Health Director, Allison served as the community health educator for the Buffalo Trace District Health Department for 8 years. While in her role as health educator she was instrumental in building community partnerships with the goal of improving the health status of Mason and Robertson County residents.
Allison believes strongly in the value of public health and its influence in disease prevention. As the public health director, she has begun efforts to grow the capacity of her local health department to meet all aspect of public health. She sees the need to engage public health staff, boards of health, local elected officials, key leaders, and the community to embrace their role in addressing the social determinants of health. Allison has made it her presidential mission in Kentucky to develop the local health department director’s role of Chief Health Strategist.