Describe your current position and what led to your job.
As Bureau Chief of Adolescent and Reproductive Health, I am responsible for supervising program directors responsible for adolescent pregnancy prevention, school-based health centers and family planning clinics. There are school-based health centers in twenty-eight public high schools throughout the state of Delaware. School-Based Health Center Services include sports physicals, various acute minor illness care services, mental health counseling, nutritional services and health education. There are twenty-six family planning sites throughout the state. They provide reproductive health care services. The Alliance for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program is also statewide and provides evidence-based health education to reduce adolescent pregnancies. My areas of oversight in these programs include programmatic, fiscal and data integrity.
What has been the most rewarding/challenging moment in your career?
Two of my most challenging but rewarding moments in my career were assisting in developing a stand alone school-based health center database and standardizing (developing a data dictionary) all of the program's data elements.
What is the best career advice you have received?
Learn self management before you become an effective managers of others.
What would you recommend to someone interested in working in your field?
Know the research issues in the field; learn from the experts; make decisions based on data, staff and program information and on anticipated future needs.
What skills are necessary or what prepared you the most for your career?
Excellent management and organizational skills, ability to analyze data and artful communication and a consensus builder.
What professional associations have aided in your professional development?
The National Association of School-Based Health Centers and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs.
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