County public health director resigns effective in December |

County public health director resigns effective in December

Dr. Karen Milman has announced her resignation, effective in December, as the Nevada County director of public health and health officer.

She has taken a position as the prevention division director at the Seattle and King County Public Health Department in Washington state, according to County Executive Officer Rick Haffey’s weekly memo.

Serving a population of more than 1.9 million people, the Seattle and King County Public Health Department is one of the premier local health departments in the country, often leading the nation with innovative programs to address population health needs, the memo states.

“While I am enthusiastically looking forward to my new position, it is not without sadness that I leave a role where I have worked with such a supportive team,” Milman wrote in her resignation letter. “The residents of Nevada County are truly fortunate to have so many caring and dedicated staff members in the Public Health Department workikng to promote and protect the health of the county.”

Haffey praised Milman’s efforts during her tenure.

“In the three and a half years that Dr. Milman has been with Nevada County, she has shown great leadership overseeing the County’s response to the H1N1 pandemic, converting the Health Department to an electronic medical record system, and expanding both chronic disease prevention and home visiting to high-risk moms and babies — all within an environment marked by very limited resources,” the memo states.

“We will greatly miss her leadership and contributions.”

Haffey’s memorandum continues on to say the Health and Human Services Agency is working closely with Milman on a plan to ensure a smooth transition.

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