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Jeanine S. Arrighi, MS, MPPA

Health Services Manager II

City of St. Louis Department of Health

St. Louis, MO 63101

 

Jeanine S. Arrighi, MS, MPPA, is a Health Services Manager for the City of St. Louis Department of Health, serving as the Program Director for Children’s Environmental Health (CEH) and Manager of the Center for Health Information Planning and Research (CHIPR). During her tenure with the CEH’s Lead Safe St. Louis Program, the rate of lead poisoning in the City dropped from 13.6% in 2003 to 3.0% in 2010. CEH tackles 9 EPA-identified environmental health issues that impact children, such as improving health outcomes and reducing air pollution by walking or bicycling, as well as addressing asthma, second hand smoke, radon, carbon monoxide, pesticides, toxic chemicals, indoor air quality, and lead exposure. CHIPR provides epidemiology services for the department and the community and triennially publishes Public Health – Understanding Our Needs, a ZIP Code by ZIP Code look at the health of St. Louis’ citizens. Ms. Arrighi has been involved with consulting, training, public policy and community development in building-related environmental hazard controls since 1986. She has a B.A in Art Teaching, an M.S. in Special Education, a B.Arch. in Architecture and during EPHLI 6 completed an MPPA in Public Policy Administration.

 

Leadership Development Opportunities

 

I applied for EPHLI Cohort 6 with some trepidation because I knew tremendous changes were coming to my employer, the City of St. Louis Department of Health (DOH), and it was to be my final semesters of a master’s degree in public policy administration. Fortunately a colleague of mine was finishing her EPHLI year and helped me to make connections with the graduating class that contributed to my learning during the year. I anticipate that those ongoing connections with all the EPHLI alumni, and especially within my own cohort and team will be valuable to my future pursuits in public health administration.

 

Having these connections with EPHLI fellows, mentors, coaches, and staff was valuable to weather the fiscal challenges this year that reduced our DOH by 25 percent, cut my own staff in half, and assigned to me the management of an additional group. My individual development plan helped me to think through how to interact with new staff in ways that led to strong and productive relationships with them.

 

I leveraged many opportunities in EPHLI with my graduate program! For example, in a human resource management class I chose the topic of 360-degree evaluation for a research paper and my EPHLI teammates completed a survey about their own experience with Skillscope 360 that contributed to a perfect score for me on that assignment. My graduate exit project was based on my EPHLI project, and was informed by the use of the “systems thinking” exercises we completed. (One unusual added benefit: my daughter is currently applying for a graduate degree in systems science and I can converse intelligently with her about that!) EPHLI helped me improve my ability to break down a project into manageable “chunks” that has facilitated concept development and reduced procrastination. This has also enhanced my skills for more effective communication with all levels of public administrators as well as with community collaborators and stakeholders.