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Succession Planning in Public Health

Presented by:
Melissa Howell, RN, RS - Greene County Public Health
Ashley Steveley, MPH - Greene County Public Health

Moderated by:
Ted Toles - NALBOH Secretary




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Public Health leaders face increased level of retirements. Reports indicate an estimated 10,000 Baby Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964 will turn 65 every day in the United States until 2030. Succession planning is a quality improvement plan that aims to maintain operational continuity by minimizing gaps in vacancies, mitigating risk associated with loss of key knowledge and expertise, and ensuring organizational needs are met during periods of transition. Key positions within the organization can be scored for mission critical function and risk to the agency if the position turns over. Planning for ongoing transitional periods aids the transfer of institutional knowledge, reduces cost and ensures an organization will comply with standards to maintain a competent workforce.


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By the Conclusion of this webinar, attendees will be able to

  1. Discuss common challenges and exchange success stories regarding succession planning of key public health positions.

About the Presenters

 Melissa Howell has been a Health Commissioner over a decade in southwest Ohio. Howell holds Masters degrees in Nursing, Business and Public Health. She is a Registered Nurse and a Registered Sanitarian. Howell directs over 60 full time public health professionals in daily operations, creates vision, and oversees the implementation of the strategies used to improve community health. The organization is a local public health agency whose mission is to prevent disease, promote health in the community and protect against disease threats in the environment. For the past five years Howell has been working to modernize public health services, established a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center, accomplished national Public Health Accreditation for the agency and oversaw the construction of a $7.8 million-dollar new facility. Howell has over 25 years of combined experience in nursing, leadership, business, and public health. Howell is the 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for Health Commissioners in Ohio for her years spent developing Ohio public health leaders. Howell serves as Treasurer for the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners. Her most recent publication is "Succession Planning for Public Health: Cost, Continuity and Compliance". One focused interest for Howell has been public health finance. She has been working since 2007 to help develop a national chart of accounts and define the gaps that exist in funding for public health.

 Ashley Steveley is an Accreditation Coordinator for Greene County Public Health located in southwest Ohio. Steveley holds a Master's degree in Public Helath from Eastern Kentucky University and a B.A. in Psychology. Steveley's experience includes health education, planning and evaluation of organizational and community outcomes.