Dawn Marie Prandi, REHS
Environmental Health Coordinator
Somerset County Department of Health
Dawn Marie Prandi is the Environmental Health Coordinator for the Somerset County Department of Health in
Ms. Prandi holds a degree in Environmental Biology from
Leadership Development Opportunities
Being a part of this Leadership Institute has been a tremendous catalyst for my personal and professional growth over the past year. The use of self-assessments, particularly the Skillscope 360, was invaluable. They say we are our own worst critics, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that many of my colleagues saw strengths in areas that I did not give myself credit for. Naturally, there was also plenty of room for improvement! Fortunately, the mentors and leadership coaching available through EPHLI never disappointed, and I was able to meet many of the personal goals set forth in my Individual Development Plan.
Using Systems Thinking illustrated the benefits of developing strategic partnerships and finding key leverage points to tackle complex problems. The principles learned over the past year are being applied to my day-to-day tasks, and remain in the front of my mind when considering potential new projects. I'm also better able to see the 'big picture' of environmental public health throughout the nation, and how my job fits into that framework. These skills will be placed into immediate use later this year while implementing the PACE EH assessment tool within our Department. The EPHLI experience has surpassed all of my expectations and I am sincerely grateful to have been given this opportunity.