March 26, 2023 3:25 pm

March 17, 2023

The Oswego County Legislature appointed Vera Dunsmoor as the County’s new public well being director in January and the New York State Division of Well being lately confirmed that option.

Dunsmoor has much more than 15 years of public well being encounter, joining the county well being division in 2007. She has worked in several roles all through her profession with the county, which includes public well being nurse, supervising public well being nurse, director of patient solutions and deputy director of public well being. She most lately served as interim director of public well being.

“Vera has considerable encounter in well being care and has completed a fantastic job in her part as interim director of public well being,” stated Oswego County Legislator James Karasek, District 22, chairman of the Legislature’s Well being Committee. “She has demonstrated her dedication and sturdy function ethic all through her years of service with the well being division, creating her an perfect candidate for director of public well being.”

Dunsmoor’s encounter incorporates operating with well being care partners to merge well being care with classic public well being practices to increase well being outcomes for residents as nicely as managing each experienced and para-experienced employees to offer good quality and compassionate care to residents across the county.

“It is a fantastic honor to be chosen as Oswego County’s director of public well being,” Dunsmoor stated. “Our well being division operates diligently to market and safeguard the well being and nicely-becoming of our residents. We supply a wide scope of applications and sources associated to preventative care, well being education, emergency preparedness, environmental well being, young children with particular requirements and much more.

“I appear forward to continuing our efforts in these initiatives, operating with employees and neighborhood partners to create new public well being tactics and major our division as we strive to increase the general wellness of Oswego County’s residents,” she added.

Dunsmoor received an associate degree in nursing from Cayuga Neighborhood College ahead of going on to attend Roberts Wesleyan College exactly where she received her bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s in nursing education.

All through her profession, Dunsmoor has been involved with a assortment of experienced affiliations. She at present serves on the board of directors for the Weston T. Hyde Oswego County Educational Foundation and is a member of the NYS Association of County Well being Officials (NYSACHO) and the National Association of County and City Well being Officials (NACCHO).

She has also received many honors, which includes becoming named on New York State’s Public Well being Operates Honor Roll in 2020. This recognition honors public well being workers who have helped make New York a single of the healthiest states in the nation.

In 2019, Dunsmoor was awarded a mentorship grant from NACCHO in response to the opioid epidemic gripping the nation. The “Overdose Prevention and Response Mentorship Program” partnered her with a mentor in a county with equivalent demographics to navigate efficient tactics for responding to the crisis. Amongst other advantages, the system reinforced partnerships with law enforcement, which led to the improvement of a Public Well being and Security Group. The group will concentrate on utilizing information driven tactics to lower overdoses and deaths due to overdoses to build good alter in the neighborhood.

Oswego County Well being Division solutions are accessible to each resident in the county. For much more details, stop by being/ or get in touch with the well being division at 315-349-3547.

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