Jeanette Jeffrey has joined the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown as Health Educator on the hospital’s Rural Health Care Transformation Team.
The Health Educator position was established to provide leadership and collaboration with local community partners in developing and managing community health education programs and campaigns that will be offered through the Chestertown hospital’s Aging and Wellness Center of Excellence. Lara Wilson, Director of Rural Health Care Transformation for UM Shore Regional Health, said the goal of these initiatives is to inform residents of Kent and northern Queen Anne’s counties of strategies for maintaining their health and to promote appropriate use of local health resources.
Prior to joining the Rural Health Care Transformation team, Jeffrey served for three years as Extension Educator – Family and Consumer Sciences for the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Anne Arundel County; 1.5 years as Senior Health Education Consultant for Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group in Rockville and 13 years as Director and Professor of Public Health and Nutrition at Howard Community College in Columbia. Her teaching experience also includes many years on the adjunct faculties of the Community College of Baltimore County (Catonsville campus) and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She is certified as a Master Health Education Specialist by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.
Jeffrey’s educational credentials include a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from Towson University and a Master of Public Health/Public Health Nutrition and Master of Science in Education, both from Johns Hopkins University (JHU). She also has completed graduate certificate programs in Humanitarian Assistance from JHU and in International Health/Clinical and Community Care from the University of Arizona. She has authored and co-authored articles on a wide array of public health topics in research, scholarly and general interest publications, and also served as a consultant and speaker for multiple public health organizations and conferences.
“Jeanette’s broad credentials and experience in public health and community education make her a fantastic addition to the Rural Health Care Transformation team,” said Wilson. “We look forward to introducing her to our hospital staff and to our community partners in Kent and northern Queen Anne’s counties.”
“The new health educator position will play an indispensable role in the development and long-term sustainability of our various initiatives to advance health care accessibility and improve health outcomes in our region,” said Dennis Welsh, Vice President, Rural Health Care Transformation, UM SRH, and Executive Director, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. “Jeanette’s experience and training will add greatly to the work that is ongoing,”
About University of Maryland Shore Regional Health
As part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,200 employees, medical staff, board members and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.
About the University of Maryland Medical System
The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is a university-based regional health care system focused on serving the health care needs of Maryland, bringing innovation, discovery and research to the care we provide and educating the state’s future physician and health care professionals through our partnership with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland, Baltimore professional schools (Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work and Dentistry) in Baltimore. As one of the largest private employers in the State, the health system’s more than 29,500 employees and 4,000 affiliated physicians provide primary and specialty care in more than 150 locations, including 13 hospitals and 9 University of Maryland Urgent Care centers. The UMMS flagship academic campus, the University of Maryland Medical Center in downtown Baltimore, is recognized regionally and nationally for excellence and innovation in specialized care. Our acute care and specialty rehabilitation hospitals serve urban, suburban and rural communities and are located in 13 counties across the State. For more information, visit www.umms.org.