Roy Gilbert

Meigs County Heath Department’s employee spotlight

senior portraits, professional portrait

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senior portraits, professional portrait As a Meigs High School student in the early 1990s, I visited the Meigs County Health Department (MCHD) with my biology class taught by Rita Slavin. We came to talk to the Environmental Health Division, which at the time consisted of Registered Sanitarians Keith Little, Zane Beegle and Jon Jacobs. Before this visit, I was like many of you might be – unfamiliar with the MCHD and the services offered. Little did I know then that I would establish a career at the MCHD and ultimately learn about and work to address the 10 Essential Public Health Services.

Approximately four years later, I was enrolled at Ohio University in the Bachelor of Science (Communication- Health and Human Services) Program. In 1996, I contacted then MCHD Nursing Director Norma Torres to offer my services during summer break in a volunteer capacity to gain experience. Talk about a divine connection! Norma was reluctant to take another college student under her wing because of a recent bad experience. Fortunately, she took a chance on me and, 23 years later, I thank God, Norma, former Administrator Jon Jacobs and the Board of Health to still be serving the residents of Meigs County.

My volunteer work centered mainly around scheduling ladies for The Ohio State University (OSU) and Riverside mobile mammography units. Meanwhile, I was given opportunities to learn about the MCHD and began assisting with clerical and reception duties during this time. Many dedicated and talented MCHD staffers “raised me” and […]

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