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School of Public Health dean presents keynote address to Riverside employees

David Dyjack, DrPH, CIH, addresses 648 public health employees who attended the meeting in Riverside. Another 353 heard him in Rancho Mirage.
David Dyjack, DrPH, CIH, addresses 648 public health employees who attended the meeting in Riverside. Another 353 heard him in Rancho Mirage.
David Dyjack, DrPH, CIH, dean of the School of Public Health, gave the keynote address for the 2008 annual staff meeting of the Riverside County Department of Public Health. Riverside County has the fourth-largest population in the state of California.

The meeting was held in two county locations—in Rancho Mirage on May 13 and Riverside on May 14. Between the two meetings combined, Dr. Dyjack addressed 1,000 public health employees.

During his presentation, Dr. Dyjack stressed the relevance of public health to contemporary society, hitting upon public health issues both global and closer to home, including HIV/AIDS, binge drinking, and gang violence.

He reminded the audience about practical matters including the 10 essential public health services that county and state health departments should provide. 

Dr. Dyjack also gave the public health employees advice on career advancement, strong working relationships, and leadership.

“I would like to recognize that working in public health commits you to lifelong learning,” he said.

The theme of the annual meeting was “the magic of public health.” Dr. Dyjack noted that this magic is not a grant, a policy, or an innovation—it is the members of the public health workforce.

By Heather Reifsnyder

TODAY news for Thursday, June 9, 2008