McHenry County Health Department Welcomes New Administrator Melissa Adamson

First revealed on McHenry County Blog three weeks ago, today, the McHenry County Health Department sent out the following press release:

County welcomes new Public Health Administrator

Melissa Adamson

Woodstock Ill. – The McHenry County Board of Health announces that Melissa Hall Adamson, MPH, will be the new Public Health Administrator for the McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) effective in late November.

Ms. Adamson replaces Michael Hill who left the Health Department in May after serving almost four years [for  $249,196 in compensation  in San Luis Obispo County in California].

{Adamson’s compensation will be $130,000, plus fringe benefits.  Hill’s total compensation in McHenry County was about $150,400.]

Adamson is the Director of Community Health Policy and Planning/Assistant Administrator for the Peoria City/County Health Department where she has been building strategic, cross-sector partnerships and collaborations to advance health equity since 2014. She brings 20 years of managing and evaluating public health operations, programming, and communications to MCDH.

In 1999 Adamson graduated from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta Georgia, where she received a Master’s Degree in Public Health.

MCDH employs approximately 117 people spanning four divisions (Administrative, Veterinary Public Health, Environmental Health and Public Health Nursing).

With locations in Woodstock and Crystal Lake, the Department has an operating budget of roughly $6,350,000.

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McHenry County Health Department Welcomes New Administrator Melissa Adamson — 5 Comments

  1. Wishing her the best.

    Do a great job!

    Public health is somewhat important.

  2. Department with a very dark history.

    The McCullom Lake brain cancer cluster and it’s attempted brush aside will always haunt the health depth and others.

    Never forget.

  3. Why does a Public Health Administrator not have a nursing or medical degree???

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