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Toni Herring Bounds, PhD, MPH

Director

Communicable and Environmental Disease Services

East Tennessee Region

Tennessee Department of Health

Knoxville, TN 37920

Biography

Toni Herring Bounds received a Master of Public Health degree in Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a PhD degree in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. 

 

She has participated in occupational and environmental epidemiologic research studies, taught graduate public health courses and served as Research Epidemiologist for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at a teaching hospital.  She has worked for the State of Tennessee Department of Health as the Director of Cancer Surveillance, Program Director for the Tennessee Cancer Registry and Program Coordinator for the Tennessee Comprehensive Cancer Control Program. 

 

Currently, she is Director of Communicable and Environmental Disease Services and Environmental Epidemiologist for the East Tennessee Region of the Tennessee Department of Health.

Leadership Development Opportunities

My year as an EPHLI fellow has been a great professional and personal growth experience.  I had no idea in the beginning that it would have such a profound effect on me.  I have learned new ways to think about my work through organizational learning and systems thinking.  I have incorporated new language such as logic models, feedback loops and mental models into project development.  The Individual Development Plan that I worked on all year has helped me learn to stay focused and keep on task. 

 

Most importantly I am grateful for the opportunity to have met  and worked with such a dynamic group of environmental public health professionals.  I am honored to be a member of the EPHLI Class of 2007.