Jefferson County, Colo. — With a resume that includes speaking engagements with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the White House, Dr. R. Dawn Comstock is among the nation’s top public health experts. Now, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is proud to announce she’ll be joining the department’s Board of Health.
Comstock has dedicated her career to promoting physical activity in children and youth, while researching the injuries connected to youth sports and trying to find ways to prevent and treat them. Her research, expertise and understanding will be a valuable addition to a county that’s identified promoting physical activity and the health of the youth as key priorities in recent Community Health Assessments.
“JCPH Board of Health members have a voice in some of the most important health decisions in the county. Dr. Comstock is not only qualified to be a part of those decisions, but both the Board of Health and our county residents will benefit from her knowledge and experience,” said Mark B. Johnson, MD, Executive Director of JCPH. “We at JCPH are excited, and feel lucky to have her join us.”
Comstock joins the Board of Health from the Colorado School of Public Health and the Program for Injury Prevention, Education and Research (PIPER). She received her bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Colorado State University, her master’s degree in epidemiology from the University of Iowa and her doctorate in public health epidemiology from the University of California San Diego/San Diego State University.
Before joining the Colorado School of Public Health, she worked at Ohio State University and the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Naval Health Research Center, the Environmental Health Services Branch of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer assigned by the CDC as a liaison to the Oklahoma State Department of Health Injury Prevention Service.
In 2017, Comstock accepted an invitation to serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). The board advises the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Director of the CDC and the Director of NCIPC.
“As a public health professor, I recognize the health and safety challenges facing Jefferson County residents and visitors. As a Lakewood resident, I have been impressed with the breadth and quality of the Jefferson County Board of Health’s activities to promote health and prevent injury,” Comstock said. “I look forward to assisting in these efforts through my service on the JCPH Board of Health.”
About the Board of Health
The Jefferson County Board of Health members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to make policies and decisions that will help promote health and prevent disease in the county. The board encourages public input into its decision-making process and encourages community participation at its regular hearings held the third Tuesday of every other month at Jefferson County Public Health, 645 Parfet Street in Lakewood. To learn more, visit: https://www.jeffco.us/3413/Board-of-Health.
About Jefferson County Public Health
Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is committed to promoting health and preventing injury and disease for the residents of Jefferson County, Colorado. Public health is what we as a society do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. To learn more, visit www.jeffco.us/public-health/. You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.