FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lincoln Trail District Health Department
Friday September 27, 2013
(September 27, 2013) Lincoln Trail District Health Department is pleased to announce a new Public Health Director. Effective October 1, 2013, Sara Jo Best will be the new Director of Lincoln Trail District Health Department, which covers Hardin, Meade, Larue, Nelson, Washington, and Marion Counties. This is following the retirement of the current Public Health Director, Linda Sims.
Linda Sims is retiring after 17 years of service as the Public Health Director. During her tenure, she has seen major changes in our health care system. Ms. Sims has successfully navigated and worked with the impact of managed care changes and its influences on the public health system. She has served for sixteen years on the Partnership Council of Passport Health Plans. She is a current board member of the Passport Health Plan where she serves on the compliance, nominating and governance, and finance committees. She was President of the Kentucky Health Department Association from 2008 to 2012 and has been active with disseminating information to local leadership, legislators and the Department of Public Health. She has authored several care/case management plans for collaboration opportunities with local health department’s services and remains active in population health care initiatives.
Sara Jo Best has a Master’s of Public Health from Western Kentucky University. She has been an employee of Lincoln Trail District Health Department since March of 2002. During her years at Lincoln Trail District Health Department, she has served as a community health educator, director of public health preparedness and planning, chairperson of the Health Resources and Service Administration Region 5 disaster exercise subcommittee, and as the Environmental Health Director. She has been successful in developing public health programs and enforcement of Kentucky Administrative Regulations.
As Lincoln Trail District Health Department begins this new chapter of leadership, we wish Linda Sims the best in her endeavors and welcome Sara Jo Best with confidence that she can face the challenges in public health.