At our meeting of September 9 we gathered to honor Dr. Swannie Jett, Director of Health and Human Services in Brookline, presenting him with a Paul Harris Award.  This is the highest honor Rotary can confer on a member of our community.  It recognizes his service to the community, in line with the ideals of Rotary.  Dr. Jett has coordinated Brookline's response to COVID-19 and steered us admirably through these difficult times.  His work was cited by Powerful Patient in 2020 as a model for keeping his community safe.  See also interview at https://powerfulpatient.org/containing-covid-19/.  He will be leaving Brookline to return to his home state and run a community health clinic in Louisville, Kentucky.  We are sad to see him go and wish him all the best in his new undertaking.

Dr. Jett was appointed as the Director of Health and Human Services for Brookline in April 2017. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Jett was Health Officer/Surgeon General for Seminole County, Florida from 2013-16 and Health Officer of Bullitt County Health Department in Kentucky from 2009-2013.

Dr. Jett is passionate about improving communities and addressing issues involving the Social Determinants of Health such as housing, women’s health services, men’s health, tobacco, homelessness, gun violence, climate change, and health inequities.

Currently, Dr. Jett is Lieutenant Colonel in the Rhode Island Air National Guard where his latest assignment was in Senegal, Africa assisting with the Ebola Virus Outbreak. Dr. Jett is a national leader in public health as Past President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

He is a member of Leadership Seminole Class 23, American Public Health Association, and honorary member of Kentucky’s Delta Omega Public Health Society.

Dr. Jett has authored numerous publications and acquired millions of dollars for local health department’s infrastructure over a 25-year career. In 2011, he completed the National Public Health Leadership Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received the Bronze Star Medal from serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006-2008. Dr. Jett received a Mayor’s Citation in 2005 from the Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky for his distinguished service and contribution to the betterment of the city and its people. Dr. Jett holds a Doctorate of Public Health with emphasis in Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine from the University of Kentucky, Master of Science degree from the University of Tennessee in Bio-Systems Engineering, and Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Statistics from Tennessee State University.

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