Summit County Health Promotion Director Announces Retirement
Geri Essen retiring after 25 years at the Health Department
Park City, Utah (Oct. 18, 2016) — After 25 years of service, longtime Summit County Health Department Health Promotions Director Geri Essen is announcing her retirement, effective October 21.
“Geri arrived with no programs in place and very limited resources as the first Health Educator for Summit County,” Health Department Director Rich Bullough said. “She’s worked behind-the-scenes to almost single-handedly build our Health Promotions program.”
Geri implemented a number of health programs and initiatives for Summit County employees and residents, many of which are self-funded by grants. These programs include mental health promotion, Injury Prevention, Tobacco Education, Employee Wellness, Seatbelt Education, physical activity school trainings, Diabetes Prevention, Suicide Prevention and more. Over the course of her employment, Geri’s programs featured thousands of participants, including the following:
- Injury prevention: 2,617 participants
- Nutrition programs: 2,569 participants
- Physical activity school trainings: 6 schools trained
- Tobacco Education: 43 retailers educated and inspected, 400-plus at e-cigarette training
- Diabetes Prevention: three trainings with 31 participants
- Suicide Prevention: 300-plus participants
“In addition to building up these programs, Geri has also developed strong partnerships in the community with schools and work sites,” Bullough said. “She leaves behind some big shoes to fill, but Geri has also hired a really great staff to move forward with what she’s established.”
Geri plans to spend her retirement time with her family. The Summit County Health Department will begin the hiring process for Geri’s replacement before the end of October.
Public Information Officer – Summit County Health Department