Strategic Plan

The Portage County Combined General Health District’s Strategic Plan defines and determines the agency’s roles, priorities, and direction over a span of three years (2016-2019). It is used as a guide for making decisions and allocating resources to pursue strategies and priorities. It also identifies five strategic priorities for PCHD to focus on:

  1. Workforce Development

  2. Information Technology

  3. Communication and Education

  4. Financial and Agency Funding

  5. Access to Care

MISSION: To promote public health, prevent disease, and protect the environment, utilizing leadership and partnership to empower individuals and communities to achieve optimal health.

VISION: Healthy People. Health Environments. Healthy Communities.

VALUES: Accountability, Communication, Dedication, Ethics, Innovation


Strategic Planning Committee

NameTitle / Role
Robert PalmerBoard of Health President
Bob HowardBoard of Health Vice President
Dr. Howard MinottBoard of Health Member
Lucy RibelinBoard of Health Member
Joseph Diorio, MPH, MS, RSHealth Commissioner
Mary Helen Smith, MPH, CPH, RS, REHSDirector of Environmental Health
Rosemary Ferraro, MSN, RNDirector of Nursing
Becky Lehman, MPHDirector of Health Education and Promotion
Dorothy FilingDirector of Administration
Debra StallDirector of Finance
Kevin Watson, BS, RSAccreditation Coordinator
Amos Sarfo, MS, RSPublic Health Sanitarian 1
Susan Forgacs, RN, BSNPublic Health Nurse
Katherine Holtz, BSPublic Health Educator HIV
Carol Pillsbury, BBAAccount Clerk 1

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