Division of Onsite Sewage and Water Services
Dwayne Roadcap, REHS, is a program manager with the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Environmental Health Services, Division of Onsite Sewage and Water Services. Dwayne holds a bachelors degree from the
Dwayne began his career working as an Environmental Health Specialist in a local county and later as an Environmental Health Supervisor for a health district. He has over 13 years of experience working in
What I Learned at EPHLI
The EPHLI changed how I look at problems and how to solve them. With new tools like logic models and systems thinking available for use, I am now equipped to better understand the root cause of a problem and develop a broader approach to address it. Before learning about these tools, I was prone to make quicker decisions to reflect short-term needs. Now, I look at short-term and long-term goals to assure that decisions made today do not undermine long-term solutions.
My new thinking is how can I address the challenge in the short-term and still promote the fundamental solution needed. I use the 10 Essential Services to assess whether decisions and measures are important. My primary objective is to instill the information I learned through the EPHLI with other staff. By sharing new tools available for problem-solving, I hope that staff can also address fundamental needs and use the 10 Essential Services to assess and improve their work. I believe that my broader perspective to problem solving fosters leadership in decision-making. The EPHLI has caused me to re-think what is important in my programs and to focus on leverage points in the system to effect change. I hope others will learn the importance of these tools so that they can have renewed energy on how to problem-solve their community’s public health problems and needs.