Dr. Swannie Jett, a 2011 graduate of the College of Public Health’s DrPH program, recently began his term as president of the Board of Directors of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Dr. Jett serves as Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County, Florida. Additionally, fellow Kentucky alumna, Dr. Georgia Heise, director of the Three Rivers District Health Department in Owenton, Kentucky, will serve the Board as immediate past president.
Dr. Jett leads community initiatives in Seminole County to strengthen infrastructure and develop partnerships that improve population health outcomes. A Captain in the Air Force National Guard, Dr. Jett is passionate about addressing issues such as health equity, air pollution, environmental justice, and global warming. In addition to his DrPH degree from the University of Kentucky, Dr. Jett also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Statistics from Tennessee State University, and a MS in Bio-Systems Engineering from the University of Tennessee.
“As public health changes to a population health model, serving as President of NACCHO[…]enhances the importance and perception of what public health does for the local community,” stated Dr. Jett.
NACCHO is the national organization representing local health departments. Its members come from 2800 local health departments across the country. NACCHO strives to be a leader, partner, and voice for local health departments to ensure conditions that promote health, combat disease, and improve quality of life. Its 27-member Board of Directors is made up of local and tribal health officials from across the United States, who are elected to serve by their peers. The Board represents NACCHO members in matter of public health practice, policy, and collaboration between health partners in both the public and private sectors.