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Amadou M. Jallow; BS, Animal Science; BS, Agronomy; Dip. Ag Technology

Environmental Senior Specialist

NCDENR- Public Health Pest Management 

Raleigh, NC 27699-1631

Biography

Amadou M. Jallow currently works as a Senior Environmental Health Specialist with the North Carolina Division of Environmental Health, Public Health Pest Management (PHPM) Section. He is responsible for the Southeastern/Coastal Region of North Carolina and oversees vector control programs and vector borne diseases within the region. He takes particular interest in bed bugs and bed bug control and tracks the pest in North Carolina. Prior to joining the state agency, Amadou worked in agricultural development overseas in West Africa. Amadou M. Jallow holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy (Plant Science) from the California State Polytechnic University. He also holds a Diploma in Agricultural Technology from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Truro, NS, Canada.

Leadership Development Opportunities

The EPHLI program offered me the opportunity for self discovery that enabled the fine tuning of the MBTI self assessment so one can better fit these traits into the Individual Development Plan (IDP) areas of focus. The EPHLI program also allowed for a better understanding of the diverse modern workplace environment, the challenges there-in, the need to remove self imposed artificial boundaries and looking further beyond these boundaries for answers to the daunting environmental public health challenges that we face today. The program essentially engenders creative thinking in participants on top of the diversity offered in approaches to problem solving. In the quest to seek changes to environmental health policy through legislation, this program has armed me with the tools to be proactive, not reactive, and not lose sight of the fact that legislation may bring about needed change or it may add to existing problems through unintended consequences. The program also enabled me to choose my allies, stakeholders and public health issues carefully as legislation frequently depends on relationships developed over time. Even when one does not have a strictly legislative agenda, taking the time to educate legislators with one-on-one meetings and taking part in state events help to set the groundwork for the future. Legislation is one of the most powerful advocacy tools available to the public health community in the effort to bring about change albeit that the educational learning curve in emerging public health issues is steep.

This program has enabled me to better understand the reality that even in the presence of proven approaches to solving environmental public health problems, the vehicle to carry these concepts forward may not be available in the absence of the proper legislative framework. Challenging the status quo is easier said than done as it can easily put well-meaning Environmental Public Health Specialists in the line of fire. However it is an important asset when it comes to filling a leadership role in environmental public health.

The year-long session has offered invaluable skills gained from trainers and insights offered by national leaders in environmental public health, instructors, speakers and fellows.