Next Buchanan County Public Health Director Named

Burkhart has worked for the Buchanan County Public Health Department since 2011. She completed her registered nurse from Kirkwood Community College, Bachelors of Science Nursing from Mt. Mercy College,and Masters of Public Health from Des Moines University. She has been in the nursing profession for 15 years working in the fields of acute care, home care, education,and public health services. Josh Bowden, Board of HealthChairman, commented, “Tai brings with her not only a solid educational backgroundfor this positionbut also experience in organizing and managing a small public health department through working side-by-side with the current Director over the past 5 years. These two combined will make for a smooth transition as a she takes overthe Department’s administrative dutiesas Director.”The Buchanan County Public Health Department has been in existence since the late 1960’s under different names and in different locations, moving from county government-based to hospital-based and back to county government-based in 2010. The departmentis located at 1413 1stSt. West in Independence, serving Buchanan Countyin population-based services. Programming includes working with community partners to increase the health of Buchanan County, performing community health needs assessments, investigating reportable communicable diseases, providing health education, administering immunizations to eligible children and flu vaccines to adults at the worksite, supporting the Board of Health in their duties, offering blood pressure screenings, homemakingprogramming, and performing tasks to plan and prepare for disasters. The department is governed by the Buchanan County Board of Health, a five member boardappointed by the Board of Supervisors.Burkhart looks forward to this next step in her career. “As I look back, I never imagined Public Health would be within my career path as a nurse. Shortly after starting at the Public Health Department in 2011 I realized how much I enjoyed working in public health. Every day there is a new challenge which makes for interesting work.For more information regarding the Public Health Department visit our website at www.buchanancountyiowa.org/services/public_health/index.php.