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Joy Harris, MPH

Community Health Consultant

Iowa Department of Public Health

Des Moines, IA 50319



Joy Harris is the project coordinator for the Iowa Department of Public Health's "Building Environmental Health Capacity" grant.  Iowa is currently in its fifth year of funding from the National Center for Environmental Health to address capacity issues in Iowa's environmental health programs at both the state and local levels.  Ms. Harris has a Master of Public Health degree from Des Moines University.  She received a dual bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and psychology from St. Ambrose University.


Leadership Development Opportunities

As a participant in the Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute I have had the privelege not only to improve upon my own skills and abilities but to learn from my peers as they develop their skills and abilities.  While leadership has many common themes it is important to recognize that while carrying out activities each leader is uniquely able to address an issue or problem based on their own characteristics.  I am now much better equipped to work with other leaders having a better understanding of myself and having had the opportunity to work my peers, each with their own unique abilities.