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Melody L. Bowyer, MBA, REHS

Public Health Program Manager

South Central Public Health District

Twin Falls, ID 83301

Biography

Melody joined South Central Public Health District in 2002 as an environmental health specialist.  She became the Food Program Coordinator in 2004.  Since 2005 she has served as the program manager for Food Safety, Child Care and Public Water System at South Central Public Health District.  Her current duty includes oversight of program deliverables, program improvements, identifying training needs for staff in the program areas.

In 2006, Ms. Bowyer spearheaded the effort to form a local Food Safety Awareness Coalition with members from industry, academia, institutions, consumer and other governmental agencies.  In 2008, the Coalition was named as the Health Hero of South Central Idaho because the coalition's continued effort to increase food safety awareness through advocacy, education and collaboration (ACE).  In the same year, FDA recognized the Coalition's achievement and awarded the Coalition $5,500 of the FDA Partnership Fund to support the on-going activities.  FDA acknowledges that the Food Safety Awareness Coalition can serve as a model for community outreach for other public health agencies.   

 

Leadership Development Opportunities

I have truly appreciated the opportunity to sharpen my leadership skills over the last year by participating in the Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute Cohort IV.  Through the Institute curriculum, I learned many valuable lessons and acquired tools from the experts in the EH field.  By doing my leadership project, I applied what I learned to solve real work problems.  As a result, I am better equipped to take on new challenges today as well as in the future.  The Skillscope 360 and individual development plan have proven invaluable.  I was able to achieve more goals than I had initially planned simply because I made an Individual Development Plan to improve.  The opportunity to network with mentors, directors, and coaches and my peers from around the country was excellent.  Because of what I have learned and the dynamic leaders I have met at EPHLI, I am more inspired than ever to continue the journey of personal leadership development and I hope to inspire others along the way.

 

My sincere thanks to the South Central Public Health District, the district director and my division director for giving me the time and support needed to fully participate in this exceptional leadership development opportunity.  I would also like to express my deep appreciation for our outstanding mentor, Gary Carter, for his valuable time and effort spent supporting our team learning as well as individual assignments for EPHLI.  Lastly, I would like to thank the directors and the administrative staff of EPHLI for their support and encouragement throughout the year.