Lisa A. Carpenter
Snohomish Health District
Lisa Carpenter received her B.S. in Medical Microbiology from
In 2000, she began managing the District's Partners in Child Care (PiCC) Program. During that time, the program has been comprehensively developed with the help of an energetic, multidisciplinary team of heath professionals. The PiCC Program strives to provide consultative health and safety services to the licensed child care community of
What I Learned at EPHLI
Participating in the EPHLI as a fellow has been a phenomenal experience on many levels for me. The experience has allowed me an opportunity to work on a local public health challenge using a prescribed method of systems thinking. While working through the project, I also received ongoing support and direction upon my request. Additionally, by participating in the Institute, I have refined my knowledge of my own personal leadership strengths and challenges. With this information, I have compiled a method of building on my leadership assets that will drive me well into the future as I continually strive to further hone my leadership skills and abilities.
The EPHLI has also offered me a number of opportunities to work with other environmental public health professionals across the nation who bring a myriad of expertise to the group. Many of these individuals have become personal friends in addition to colleagues and my relationships with them are and will continue to be highly valued. The on-site gatherings have allowed me opportunities to learn how many other health jurisdictions are structured and pursue carrying out their responsibilities within their own communities. The Institute plays a significant role in laying a strong foundation for environmental health professionals to share information and further develop their own professional entity.
Furthermore, the Institute has given me the opportunity to learn more about not only systems thinking and project development, but also about collaboration, conflict management, the 10 Essentials of Environmental Health, and many other areas of public health and overall management that I will carry with me well into the future. It has been an honor to participate as a fellow in the first class of the Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute. It is my hope that the Institute will receive future funding so others in the field may also have exposure to this outstanding opportunity.