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Hot Topics — Building Trust for Local Public Health
The COVID-19 pandemic has surfaced a range of emotions from people, especially anger and frustration.

In the October session of Hot Topics in Practice, Melody Bowyer, Director of Idaho’s South Central Public Health District, explains how she builds trust with elected officials, community partners, and the public to address the known and unknown health risks associated with the pandemic.

This one-hour webinar will include an overview of the health district’s unique characteristics, a snapshot of how COVID-19 has impacted the people and industries there, and a discussion of key leadership strategies to manage the politics of the pandemic. The presentation will also include recommendations for supporting staff morale to manage stress and avoid burnout as the pandemic continues.  

Register today to learn strategies for building trust and confidence in public health.

Oct 27, 2020 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Melody Bowyer, MBA
District Director, South Central Public Health District, Idaho
Melody Bowyer is the Executive Director of Idaho’s eight county South Central Public Health District, where she has led the COVID-19 response efforts. Over the past 17 years, Melody has collaborated with federal, state, and local governmental agencies, community partners, and business leaders to improve public health and emergency preparedness & response. Her innovative practice in Environmental Health earned her the coveted Model Practice Award from the National Association of County and City Health Officials in 2013. She received dual BS degrees in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California – Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Houston. Melody serves on the St. Luke’s Magic Valley/Jerome Community Board and the St. Luke’s Health System’s Finance and Investment Committee, is a member of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, and has served on the Environmental Health Committee.