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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Director leaving county health department 

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  • ?Friday won’t be an easy day for Jo Miller.?It will be her last day on the job as the director of the Harvey County Health Department before she moves out of state to take a position at a health department in Colorado.?While she’s excited about her new position and the opportunities it will bring, she knows she will miss Harvey County and the people she’s met during her two-year term.?“I’m going to miss them very much,” said Miller, who will serve as the new regional assistant director for community services at the Pueblo, Colo., city/county public health department. “... Newton’s a great place. It’s got a lot of potential. I really hope it can continue to grow and prosper.”?Miller credits her staff for the department’s successes during the past few years — a team she calls “one of the best.”?“They’re really dedicated to this community, and they’re really dedicated to the people we serve,” she said. “... It’s amazing what they can do. I’m so proud to be a part of it. ... Working with them has been a real privilege.”?Some of the highlights for Miller during her time as director include the department’s efforts to integrate with Prairie View and Health Ministries and the community health assessment project.?She said the health department has made an effort to increase community outreach and make the department more visible in the community.?Miller thanked the Board of Harvey County Commissioners — Chip Westfall, Marge Roberson and Ron Krehbiel — for their support of the health department, as well as county administration and Newton Medical Center.?In the future, Miller hopes the Harvey County Health Department continues working on its goal to receive national public health accreditation, and she’s confident the department will reach that goal.?She urges local governments and community members to keep supporting the health department and its mission to make Harvey County a healthier place.?Though she accepted a position in Colorado in order to move closer to family, a part of her heart will remain in Harvey County.?“It’s been a real privilege to come back to my hometown and actually be a part of something good and something that’s bigger than I am,” she said.?John Waltner, county administrator, said Harvey County staff will miss Miller, as well.?“She has really accomplished a great deal,” he said.
     
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