A Message from the Co-Directors
The new year often brings new beginnings. At the Center for Sharing Public Health Services, we are excited to announce several new beginnings that will occur early this year.
First, we will expand our work to include cross-sector collaborations between public health, social service and health care organizations. We will do this in partnership with the Public Health National Center for Innovations. This will be a new line of work for us that will not affect our current line of work. We will continue to support public health departments as they work together across boundaries, accomplishing more together through cross-jurisdictional sharing arrangements than they could alone.
Second, Patrick Libbey, co-director of the Center since its establishment in 2012, will begin his journey toward retirement. Pat will take on the part-time role of senior consultant. While Pat will reduce his hours, he certainly won’t reduce his contribution. Pat’s considerable knowledge of cross-jurisdictional sharing will continue to be readily available to Center staff and stakeholders.
Third, other roles at the Center will shift. Gianfranco Pezzino will move from his current role as Center co-director into the new role of Center director. To assist him, D. Charles Hunt, M.P.H., will join the Center team as deputy director. Charlie has years of experience in public health. Most recently, he served as state epidemiologist for Kansas and director of the Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Charlie also holds an adjunct faculty appointment with the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Other Center staff will maintain their current roles, including Grace Gorenflo, senior project consultant.
Finally, the Center will take on a new look in 2019. A revamp of the website currently is underway, which will result in a streamlined presence that will be more user-friendly and will contain more stories of how cross-jurisdictional sharing has helped health departments across the country better serve their communities.
We are excited about the possibilities brought on by these new beginnings. We hope you are, too. If you have questions about the changes at the Center, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Gianfranco Pezzino and Pat Libbey, Center Co-Directors