Board of Supervisors Hire New Health Department Director
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
DES MOINES, Iowa – November 14, 2017 — The Polk County Board of Supervisors took action today to name Helen Eddy as the new Polk County Health Department Director. She will begin leadership of the Health Department in February upon the retirement of current Director, Rick Kozin.
“We are thrilled to welcome Helen to Polk County. She has 30 years of leadership success in the healthcare industry and has extensive skills and experience in organizational planning and in building relationships,” stated Polk County Board of Supervisors Chair John F. Mauro.
Ms. Eddy is a trained pharmacist and her experience includes senior executive responsibilities at Hy-Vee in leading store directors, dietitians and pharmacists. She has been responsible for implementing many of Hy-Vee’s health and wellness programs for customers and employees, including programs for immunizations, tobacco cessation, diabetes management and weight loss. While at Hy-Vee she also was instrumental in initiating the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative and served as the first Executive Director of the initiative.
Vice Chair Angela Connolly added, “while we will certainly miss Rick’s creative thinking and leadership in the community, Helen’s vast experience in the corporate public health sector and dedication to our community’s well-being make her an ideal successor. We are confident that she will continue to elevate Polk County as a leader in public health.”
Ms. Eddy holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Drake University.
About the Polk County Health Department:
Our mission is to create the conditions for all people to live healthy lives by engaging residents, reducing health disparities and attending to the needs of our most vulnerable families. We will be a leader in encouraging everyone to take responsibility for improving their own health and building the kind of society that supports and enables all of us to live healthy lives. Our core responsibilities include preventing disease outbreaks, preparing for and responding to disasters, ensuring access to key health services, promoting the establishment of healthy habits, protecting against environmental hazards and leading a strong local public health system.