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County announces new Public Health director


January 3, 2018


NEW AT PUBLIC HEALTH: Carla Dionne is klickitat County's new Public Health director.

Klickitat County has announced the arrival of Carla Dionne to serve as the Public Health Director on Jan. 8.

Dionne will lead the Health Department in planning, directing, administering and evaluating local public health programs. She states she is looking forward to actively engaging staff and the community in the planning and development of policies and programs.

Since 2000, Dionne has worked in public health and within the nonprofit healthcare sector as a Regional and County Public Health Director/Administrator in the NW Region of Oklahoma, Executive Director of the National Uterine Fibroids Foundation and an Analyst for Kaiser Permanente. She has worked to establish methodology to implement program services through Oklahoma's local county health department professional and technical personnel. As the former Director of Public Health for Fremont County in Colorado, she has worked closely with Public Health and Environment staff to develop statements of work and corresponding budgets and contracts to implement new prevention programs; directed clinical and vital records staff; recruited, trained and redeployed staff; sought out expanded insurance payer contracts for service reimbursement; brought Vital Statistic services in-house and into compliance; and, identified and found funding for additional services for the under-served.

A press release issued by Klickitat County states that Dionne believes in becoming an active participant in community organizations and coalitions and developing plans for county-wide assessment and community improvement plan with collaborative assistance.

Her education includes a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Colorado. Ms. Dionne is also working on her PhD in Public Health Leadership with the University of Illinois at Chicago through their distance program.

Dionne says she is excited about continuing her public health career in the Columbia Gorge area and looks forwarding to moving from Colorado to reside in Klickitat County soon.

The Commissioners and the Board of Public Health states they are eager to welcome Dionne as the new Klickitat County Public Health Director. Commissioner David Sauter said he appreciates "the opportunity to discuss how her education, training, and broad experience can benefit the Klickitat County community."


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