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Tressa Madden, MPH, REHS

Oklahoma State Department of Health

Oklahoma City, OK    73117-1299



Tressa is the Director of the Consumer Protection Division at the Oklahoma State Department of Health.  She has been employed with the Department for 21 plus years.  Ms. Madden is responsible for supervising a multifunctional program in the Consumer Health Division that include, local restaurants, hotel/motel, swimming pools, complaints, nuisances, rabies prevention, mobile, seasonal and special events that are handled from each county.  Programs that are handled from the state level include Consumer Product Safety Commission, bedding, body piercing/tattooing, bottled water, drugs, medical devices, health fraud, food manufacturing, wholesale foods, salvage foods, water vending, medical micropigmentation and Department of Corrections Facility inspections.  Certifications and registrations include being commissioned as an officer of the DHHS-Food and Drug Administration, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Better Processing Authority, FDA Standardized and a Registered Environmental Specialist/Registered Sanitarian. 


Professional Organizations include:  Oklahoma Public Health Association having served as Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Councilor, and Section Chair; Oklahoma Society of Environmental Health Professionals having served as President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Regional Delegate and currently serving as President;  Mid-Continent Association of Food and Drug Officials, currently serving as Vice-President; Member of the National Environmental Health Association; and Member of the Association of Food and Drug Officials.  Ms. Madden is also a member of the Conference for Food Protection and has been chosen to set on three committees that include:  Sanitizer Committee, Food Recovery and Plan Review Committee.   She has become a Fellow of the Class of 2005 Oklahoma Public Health Leadership Institute.

Leadership Development Opportunities

The experience of this program and what it has done for my professional and leadership skills have moved my career to a new level, it has been very rewarding.  It has challenged my abilities on system thinking and given me new ideas and approaches toward enhancing a program I oversee during times of limited resources.  The team aspect and the encounters that were involved to complete the project were challenging.  I look forward to the continued work we have planned and the collaboration with all the other government agencies that have developed throughout this past year.  I have enjoyed meeting and developing friendships throughout the nation.  I thank EPHLI for the opportunity and the challenges you have given me.