Jeffers named KCHD executive director
KANE COUNTY—The Kane County Board on Feb. 13 appointed Barbara Jeffers, MPH, the permanent executive director of the Health Department. Jeffers had been serving as interim executive director since June 2012, when she was appointed to the fill the position of former executive director Paul Kuehnert, who left for another position.
Jeffers said she will sustain the momentum of the department in terms of protecting the community, maintaining its partnerships and continuing the department’s strategic planning. Her commitment to partnerships is stronger than ever, for only by working together can the Health Department achieve its vision of having the healthiest residents in Illinois by 2030.
The commitment to strategic planning continues to be firm as the first implementation projects of the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) are now being felt throughout the county.
“The CHIP needs the support of everyone if we are to successfully attack the threats to community health and well being and meet our health priorities,” Jeffers said. “This is not just a Health Department document; it is a blueprint for the entire community to follow for a better quality of life for all of us.”
For over seven years, Barbara Jeffers has held several positions at the Health Department. Prior to county government, she was employed by the state of Illinois for 14 years—her last appointment being the director of Training and Development for the Department of Human Services.
Jeffers has a Masters of Public Health degree from Northern Illinois University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.