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Jill Ann Coleman; BS

Health Education and Training Specialist Supervisor

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Philadelphia, PA 19130-1400

Biography

Jill Ann Coleman has worked for the City of Philadelphia for more than seventeen years and is currently a Health Education and Training Specialist Supervisor for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. Having worked as a certified Childbirth Educator and Parenting Instructor for the Division of Maternal, Child & Family Health, under the State’s Healthy Start Initiative, Jill designed and implemented a myriad of health education projects and campaigns on such topics as prenatal care, postpartum depression, second-hand smoke, testicular cancer, osteoporosis, HIV/AIDS, teen sexual health, domestic violence, abstinence and nutrition. With a background in Microbiology, she initially began her health education training as a researcher at the Howard University School of Medicine and Dentistry, as well as the George Washington University Medical Center, and went on to develop education programs for the District of Columbia Department of Human Services, Commission of Public Health, and District of Columbia Public Schools. She also spearheaded a collaborative with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (MAP) to design a public health mural entitled ―Lead Harms‖, in the City’s North Philadelphia section (the area with the highest reports of Child Lead Poisoning). Her most recent research project included the position of Project Leader for a four-year, community-based Telemedicine weight loss study on African American Churches, for the Temple University Center for Obesity Research and Education. Jill is currently wrapping up a one year exhibit on the History of Lead, entitled”The Devouring Element: Lead’s Impact on Health”, she helped coordinate with the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Mutter Museum.

 

Leadership Development Opportunities

The benefits of working with EPHLI have been innumerable. I consider it a privilege and honor to have been chosen as a participant. The Cohort V was the impetus I needed to ―take it to the next level‖, complete my next degree and further my knowledge in the field of Public Health Education. I feel my skills as a Training Specialist have been greatly improved by incorporating the latest Public Health trends, ideas, techniques, and thinking systems I learned through this program. The wealth of knowledge and new insight on ways to approach and implement initiatives are already in motion. I would like to thank my mentor, ―Ohio John‖ - John Mcleod, and my ―Team Mcleod‖ members: Rebecca Love, ―Boston John‖ - John McVeigh, and Bob Hasenyager, for their patience and support, idea-sharing, and encouragement. Overall, it was a very valuable experience. I also owe much appreciation to my EPHLI Coach, Les Beitsch. Lastly, I would like to thank all the instructors and staff who gave of their time and energy.