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Kara Stevens, BBA

Idaho Division of Health

Boise, Idaho  83720-0036



Kara Stevens is the Manager of the Environmental Health and Injury Prevention Section in the Bureau of Community and Environmental Health, Idaho Division of Health.  The Section includes four main programs:  the Indoor Environment Program (including radon, meth, mold, etc.); the Environmental Health Education and Assessment Program (including public health education and awareness surrounding hazardous waste sites and Superfund sites and fish consumption advisories); the Unintentional Injury Program (worker health and safety issues for IDHW employees); and the Intentional Injury Program (sexual violence prevention).  Kara has worked with the Division for over sixteen years and has a business management degree from Boise State University. She is a member of the National Environmental Health Association.

Leadership Development Opportunities

What an honor it has been to be a part of the third cohort class of the Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute and to learn from environmental health collegues from other states.   The resources and networking opportunities have been invaluable.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the process and have learned a great deal about leadership that has been and will be beneficial in my job as a section manager.  I have developed a special bond with the other fellows that I hope will continue beyond the life of this project.  The curriculum and self study has helped me in my personal leadership development especially in the areas of system thinking and mental models.  In addition, creating an individual development plan really helped guide my vision and goals for myself and my staff .  The staff of EPHLI has been great to work with as well as the various presenters, coaches and mentor.  I would highly recommend this Institute to others as I have seen the growth within myself and would want to pass that along.  Thanks again to everyone for a great year and I look forward to a continued relationship in the coming years as we all strive to address environmental health issues in our states.