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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is excited to welcome Katie Towns-Jeter back to the SGCHD family.
Towns-Jeter will return as an assistant director for the department, a title she will share with current Assistant Director Clay Goddard. Two of her top priorities will be assisting in the implementation of the department’s Community Health Improvement Plan as well as contributing to the efforts city-wide as part of the Zone 1 Blitz planning.
Towns-Jeter served as the public information officer at the department until spearheading the creation of SGCHD's division of chronic disease prevention. Since 2013, Towns-Jeter has served as the system director of corporate and community Health with SGCHD's valued partner CoxHealth. She will return to SGCHD in September.
"I am thrilled about the opportunity to again be a part of the excellent team at the Springfield-Greene County Health Department!" Towns-Jeter said. "This team is driving community health improvements with careful analysis, strategic initiatives and solid partnerships. With all that is taking place to improve our community and redesign health care, it will be exciting as well as an extreme privilege to join this team and serve alongside them as we help Greene County become the happiest, healthiest place to live. "
Towns-Jeter graduated with a bachelor of science in sports medicine/athletic training and later a master’s of public health from Missouri State University. After beginning her career in public health at the American Cancer Society, she was afforded opportunities to serve patients during their cancer journey as well as work in a preventative realm by serving as the regional director of government relations.
In this role, Towns-Jeter worked with staff and the community to initiate the coalition and strategic plan that would form One Air Alliance and eventually lead to the adoption of the smoke-free ordinance in Springfield. A transfer to the City of Springfield at the Springfield-Greene County Health Department allowed Towns-Jeter to serve as the public information officer and eventually spearhead the initiation of the division of chronic disease prevention.
In March of 2013, Towns-Jeter joined CoxHealth as the system director of corporate and community health and has been delivering strategic wellness initiatives and population health management tactics aimed to improve health outcomes and the overall state of health of the corporations and the community.
"The addition of a person of Katie’s quality gives us added bench strength in an effort to improve the exceptional public health services our citizens have enjoyed for many years,” Director Kevin Gipson said.
For more information contact: Kathryn Wall, Public Health Information Administrator, 417-874-1205.