By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The Madison County Health Department has been a guest presenter in the past at the 55 Plus Club, when its representatives (Bonnie Webb, Nursing Director; Cindy Brown, School Health Coordinator; Craig Wilson, Healthy Start/DIS Investigator; Fran Tuten, IT/Personnel; and Nondis Driggers, Prescription Drug Program) spoke to seniors about all the different services available to Madison residents.
This year, they plan to be back for the 55 Plus March 14 meeting, when the Club will host a presentation by the Administrator for both the Madison County and the Jefferson County Departments of Health, Kim Barnhill.
The word is that most or all of the MCHD representatives might also participate in the presentation, but it is definite that Administrator Barnhill will be the featured speaker.
Barnhill has extensive experience as an administrator in public health care services. Previously, she spent two years as the Statewide Services Director in the State Health Office helping oversee all 67 county health departments as well as the Institutional Review Board. In January of 2002, she took on her current role as Administrator for the Jefferson and Madison County Health Departments. In 2010, she was also Acting Administrator of the Gulf County Health Department.
In her role of overseeing the public health facilities of two poor, rural counties, she has focused on increasing access to dental care, linking Smart Growth principals to public health initiatives, enhancing health care career opportunities for local high school students and increasing the availability of indoor/outdoor physical activity opportunities.
Come out to the March 14 noon meeting of the 55 Plus Club, enjoy a good lunch, and hear her presentation.
The 55 Plus Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the United Methodist Cooperative Ministries Center at the corner of NW Dill Street and Colin Kelly Highway, about five miles north of town. Each month, members gather with their friends and acquaintances for a good lunch and a presentation by a group or member of the community on a topic of interest to seniors.
The Club is open to anyone 55 or older and is absolutely free. There are no fees, no dues, no registration. Just come on out.
For directions to the UMCM Center, or more information on 55 Plus or any other outreach ministries of the United Methodist Co-op, contact Deborah Brown at (850) 929-4938.