Carolyn Bogot: Public Health Leader
Posted at 18:05 Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Pam Kellogg-Marmsoler is clearly excited about her work in health and human services as manager of Mower County Health Services. Ironically, she says that as a nursing student at Mankato State University, her public health courses were not her favorites.
At the time, she had no clear idea of the wide range of services involved in this line of work. She now knows and appreciates the wide range of things involved in public health and is very pleased to play a part in it. In her early years, she enjoyed providing direct service to clients and teaching them about health and nutrition. Coating the teeth of Medicaid children with fluoride and teaching WIC clients about breastfeeding are among her many fond memories as she worked her way to her current position.
It now supports a wide range of services provided by Mower County, many of which are funded through grants. Much of Pam’s time is spent writing grant applications and then monitoring and reporting on the grant-funded programs. It also provides support to supervisors of public health, child and family social services and adult social services and opt-out social services.
A list of areas it supports includes:
• Visiting family homes – helping new mothers with parenting skills
• WIC – Women, Infants and Children – Good Nutrition Support
• Long-term care services – providing many types of assistance to those over 65 with medical assistance. (This is the largest program with over 700 customers last year.)
• School Health – providing services to Pacelli School and Sacred Heart School in Adams
• Disease prevention and control – including things like finding cases of lead poisoning or active tuberculosis and getting treatment
• Emergency Preparedness – recently included all work on the COVID outbreak
• Examinations of children and teenagers – regular monitoring of these children for medical care
• SHIP- Nationwide Health Improvement Partnership- working with businesses and schools to support wellness programs such as smoking cessation, nutrition, exercise
• Child protection and adult protection – exploring problem situations concerning the health and safety of all ages
• Exempt services – coordinating disability services to allow people to stay in their own homes.
Pam really likes the variety in her job. Whether it’s writing a grant to fund public health workers or researching a lecture on monkeypox, she loves the work. When asked about her greatest job satisfaction, she lists her love of helping people and working with immigrants. Mower County Administrator Trish Herran wrote to Pam, “I know you’ve done remarkable things throughout your career, but over the past few years as we’ve dealt with COVID, your work has been beyond remarkable. You have led public health with purpose and integrity and have had to do things you probably never imagined when you chose public health as a career. Your strong and steady leadership as manager of the Department of Health and Human Services during this time has meant I can sleep better at night.”
All of Mower County can sleep better at night thanks to the work of Pam Kellogg. Thank you Pam!
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