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Greg Kearney, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., R.S.

Florida Department of Health

Tallahassee, Florida 32399

 

Biography

Greg Kearney has 18 years of professional experience working in environmental health and epidemiology.  Dr. Kearney currently works as an Environmental Epidemiologist for the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), Division of Environmental Health and adjunct professor at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). Dr. Kearney serves as the Principal Investigator for the CDC Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (EPHTN) grant at FDOH, and is primarily responsible for overseeing the work involving the design and implementation of a state/national environmental epidemiology public health surveillance network system.

 

Dr. Kearney holds a Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) in Environmental Health Sciences, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a Masters of Public Health (M.P.H.) from the University of South Florida, and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Urban and Regional Planning from East Carolina University. He received his Florida Registered Sanitarian (R.S.) certification in 1995, National RS certification in 1997.  Dr. Kearney also serves as Chair for the National Environmental Health Association's, Environmental Public Health Tracking and Informatics' Technical Committee.

 

Dr Kearney enjoys collecting and reading books on environmental health and epidemiology and has a special interest in spatial analysis (using GIS).

Leadership Development Opportunities

Attending the Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute (EPHLI) has played an important role in helping me to develop important leadership skills. The systems thinking assignment, readings and exercises have taught me to understand the dynamics of a problem, and how to resolve it, by breaking it down into more manageable parts.  By applying the system thinking assignment to a "real world" project, I was able to clearly identify weaknesses and where to target my efforts towards obtaining successful results. By completing the Individual Development plan, I was able to work towards focusing on those areas that needed attention as identified in the Skillscope self assessment. By tracking my progress towards these objectives, I was able to reach several of my personal leadership development goals. 

 

The resources provided by EPHLI, including quality speakers, reading material, mentoring, coaching, projects and assignments were all top notch. The face to face meetings throughout the various locations were filled with valuable information, and the group projects provided for great opportunities to learn leadership skills and have some fun in the process.  More importantly, I was impressed with the dedication and commitment by the mentors, staff and others attending the EPHLI sessions. The networking opportunities provided for a great chance to meet with other professionals and discuss environmental health issues from all over the country.

 

I am very thankful to my mentor and EPLI for providing the time to share their knowledge, skills and learning experiences with me. I am proud to have been a part of the EPHLI class of 2008, and look forward to encouraging others to apply for this great opportunity to improve their environmental public health leadership skills.