Environmental Health Manager
Louisville Metro Health Department
Environmental Health and Protection
Connie Mendel is a 1991 graduate of the
In 1997, she joined the
What I Learned at EPHLI
Participating in the Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute has been a very worthwhile experience for me. After having such a great experience in the Kentucky Public Health Leadership Institute, I knew I wanted to be part of a national program devoted toward improving Environmental Health, a branch of Public Health that is usually unnoticed and under funded until a disaster occurs.
EPHLI exceeded my expectations in areas I did not anticipate, particularly in personal growth. I had anticipated valuable and meaningful networking with other dedicated Environmental Health professionals and I was certainly not disappointed, these Fellows and mentors are the best in their fields and I am inspired by their dedication to their craft. I had also anticipated the support I needed to develop and continue my project, thanks to my mentor, Craig Shepherd, and mentor Team, Jessica Shelly and David Jones (especially David, who has helped me immensely throughout the development of the project). What I had not anticipated was the meaningful personal growth and valuable skills gained in communication and developing leadership.