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Live, learn, work, and play for a healthier Panhandle.
Be Supportive. Be Careful. Be Alert. Be Kind.
Planning for Health
Panhandle Community Health Improvement Planning
2023 Implementation Meetings are Underway.
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Meeting the national standards of public health department performance.
We maintained national accreditation status through the Public Health Accreditation Board.
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Click here to complete the Panhandle Community Health Assessment

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Planning for Tomorrow
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Panhandle Worksite Wellness Council is an organization's greatest resource for worksite wellness.

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Worksite Wellness
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Proudly serving the Nebraska Panhandle Counties

Banner | Box Butte | Cheyenne | Dawes | Deuel | Garden | Grant | Kimball | Morrill | Scotts Bluff | Sheridan | Sioux

Our Team

We are ready to partner with you to improve the health, safety and quality of life for all who live, learn, work and play in our communities.


Meet our Staff

Board of Health

Banner County                                    
Bob Gifford, County Commissioner             
Marie Parker, Community-Spirited Citizen
Box Butte County

Michael Sautter, County Commissioner
Carolyn Jones, Community-Spirited Citizen

Cheyenne County                            
Randy Miller, County Commissioner   
Mandi Raffelson, Community-Spirited Citizen    
Dawes County
Vic Rivera, County Commissioner
Diana Lecher, Community-Spirited Citizen
Deuel County                                     
Steve Fischer, County Commissioner              
Bill Gray, Community-Spirited Citizen
Garden County
Dixann Krajewski, County Commissioner
TBD, Community-Spirited Citizen
Grant County
Brian Brennemann, County Commissioner
Jon Werth, Community-Spirited Citizen
Kimball County                                            
Carl Stander, County Commissioner            

Daria Anderson-Faden, Community-Spirited Citizen 

Morrill County
Susanna Batterman, County Commissioner
Kay Anderson, Community-Spirited Citizen

Scotts Bluff County
Ken Meyer, County Commissioner
Kristin Wiebe, Community-Spirited Citizen

Sheridan County
Dan Kling, County Commissioner
Pat Wellnitz, Community-Spirited Citizen 
Sioux County
Hal Downer, County Commissioner
Jackie Delatour, Community-Spirited Citizen

At Large
Dr. David Cornutt, MD, Medical Doctor
TBD, DDS, Dentist
Jon Werth, DVM, Veterinarian

Board of Health

Our Vision

We are a healthier and safer Panhandle Community.

Our Vision


Want to learn where the money comes from and where it goes?

Financial Statement

Employment Opportunities

PPHD is a great place to work. In a recent Employee Satisfaction Survey flexible schedule, wages/benefits, and quality work in a supportive environment rose to the top.
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Infectious Disease

We strives to prevent the incidence of disease by promoting healthy communities, families, and individuals through communicable disease surveillance. Please call our 24/7 contact to report an infectious disease

We are always striving to do better

Through performance management, quality improvement, and strategic planning.

Performance Management and Quality Improvement

The goal of performance management is to improve the way PPHD operates, in terms of improved health outcomes, efficiency in operations, and fiscal management.  The performance management system is monitored by the performance management coordinator, health director, and Leadership Team.

A large part of performance management is setting specific performance goals, collecting data showing progress on these goals, reporting progress both internally to staff and externally to stakeholders through a systematic process, and integrating performance management into quality improvement. 

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Strategic Planning

The PPHD strategic plan is based on four strategic directions to Honor Our Resources, Champion Community Health Improvement, and Advocate, Educate, and Empower.

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Quality improvement is a building block to assure we are always providing optimum public health.

Quality improvement is achieved by:

  • Continuously communicating the importance of quality to the staff, board, and our partners and stakeholders.
  • Reviewing processes for efficiencies to assure we are performing at optimum levels.
  • Reviewing and analyzing data to be certain the work we are doing is truly meeting the needs of those we serve.
  • Supporting quality improvement through a commitment of time and resources. 
  • Engaging the right staff or partners for a thorough and fair review of quality improvement and processes.
PPHD Ethics Committe

The PPHD Ethics Committe uses a framework to guide ethical analysis of public health issues. Complete the form below to initiate the ethics committee and email to swilliamson@pphd.org.

Ethics Form

Here is how we are building a culture of health.

Learn what our partners have to say.

Dawes County serves as community leader with tobacco-free efforts.

We feel it is an important step for the County to model good health to the community. We are working diligently to provide tobacco-free support and resources to staff and visitors as we go tobacco-free. We know this will not only positively impact our employees but anyone who visits any of our facilities, too. 

Mandy Brice| HR - Dawes County

What participants are saying about National Diabetes Prevention Prograam!

NDPP provided the framework I needed to succeed in losing 50+ pounds and keep it off for over 3 years. My coach was respectful, confidential, supportive, and knowledgeable. She encouraged us to be kinder to ourselves and recognize I needed to change my mental outlook about food. I actually ate more than before in the program! Logging my food, activity, and water was essential, as was weighing in. Setting small goals made them more attainable, which prompted me to keep going.

Paula | Panhandle NDPP Participant

What is being said about Worksite Wellness?

Wellness and safety are strategic business decisions with nearly a 6:1 return on investment, but most importantly, it is the right thing to do for the citizens of this great state! 

Governor Ricketts

What is being said about PPHD being an Accredited Health Department!

PPHD joins the growing ranks of accredited health departments in a strong commitment to their public health mission. Residents of a community served by a nationally accredited health department can be assured that their health department has demonstrated the capacity to protect and promote the health of that community.

Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN | President and CEO - PHAB (Public Health Accreditation Board)