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David M. Troutman, B.A., R.S.

Director of Environmental Health

Cabarrus Health Alliance

Kannapolis, NC 28083

Biography

David M. Troutman currently serves as the Director of Environmental Health for the Cabarrus Health Alliance, the Public Health Authority for Cabarrus County North Carolina. He began his career in environmental public health in 1978 as a summer intern in the Solid Waste and Vector Control Branch of what was then The Cabarrus Health Department. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1979. 

 

He became a Registered Sanitarian with the N.C. Board of Sanitarian Examiners in 1984. He graduated with a Certificate in Community Preparedness and Disaster Management from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health in 2005. Mr. Troutman is the current chairman for the Cabarrus County Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC).

Leadership Development Opportunities

As I reflect on all I have learned the past year I am very thankful for the opportunity to participate in EPHLI. I am extremely thankful for all the help and knowledge that I have received as a result of that participation. It has been a great chance to meet new people and build relationships, compare and discuss issues of common interest as well as develop and share ideas. 

 

One thing that I have become immensely aware of is that improvement requires change and improving yourself as a leader requires you to change. Perhaps my greatest accomplishment is that I have a greater understanding that holding strongly to one's opinion (and even defending it vigorously) is not incompatible to listening to another position and respecting and liking the person holding it. To be a real leader one needs to be able to influence people to make the changes needed to achieve results and in order to do that we need to examine where we are coming from and release our need to be right and acknowledge all parties have needs and commit to a process to achieve a mutually satisfactory solution. I know I am a better person and I think (time will tell) that I am a better leader.