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Cerro Gordo Health Department employee selected for prestigious fellowship


This news story was published on April 19, 2019.
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MASON CITY –  Kelli Gerdes, EP-C has been selected as a PHRASES Fellow by the de Beaumont Foundation and the Aspen Institute. Gerdes is one of 15 public professionals in the United States selected.

These leaders have demonstrated a commitment to developing cross-sector collaborations in their communities and a passion for improving the way public health communicates its value to decision-makers in other sectors to forge those critical partnerships.

The PHRASES Fellows will take part in in-depth training from the FrameWorks Institute to hone their skills in the art and science of message framing, network with fellow forward-thinking public health pros, and serve as ambassadors for the PHRASES Toolkit (coming in July 2019).

Gerdes serves as the health promotion manager for the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health. She works in the area of chronic disease prevention, focusing on policy, systems and environmental design strategies. In addition to working with small communities on built environment improvements, she coordinates the Cerro Gordo County’s employee wellness program and provides services and leadership to external organizations on employee well-being.

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