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Rhonda Bartow; MA, REHS/RS

Chief, Bureau of Environmental Health Services

St. Louis City Department of Health

St. Louis, MO, 63103



Rhonda Bartow is currently the Chief of the Bureau of Environmental Health Services for the City of St. Louis, Department of Health. She began working for the St. Louis Health Department in the Public Health Laboratory in 1989. In 2004, the Laboratory merged with the Bureau of Communicable Diseases, where she was assistant manager over the STD/HIV/Hepatitis Prevention Program, TB and Refugee Health Program, Public Health Laboratory, and Bioterrorism Preparedness Section. In 2006, she spent several months as Manager of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, and then was promoted to her current position in the Bureau of Environmental Health Services. In her current position, she manages the Food and Beverage Control Program and the Community Sanitation Program. Her management responsibilities include restaurant inspections, sanitation inspections, hotel inspections, pool inspection, outbreak investigations, complaint investigations, and daycare inspections in the City of St. Louis.


Ms. Bartow holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Blackburn University, and a Master’s Degree in Management and Business from Webster University. She is also a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian with the National Environmental Health Association. Ms. Bartow has extensive training in All Hazard Preparedness and National Incident Management Systems, and she is currently an executive board member on the Local Emergency Planning Commission.


Leadership Development Opportunities

Being part of the Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute has been such a motivational experience. I am amazed by the talented and knowledgeable instructors, and appreciate their dedication to each fellow and his/her success. The EPHLI program is an excellent way to develop leadership and revitalize the environmental health profession, and I have learned much from the ideas and experiences shared by other environmental health professionals. My coach, mentor, and team are the best, and I appreciate all their help throughout the year. This has been such an incredible opportunity, and I am truly grateful to be a part of it.