A longtime St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment official is now the permanent head of the agency.
Hope Woodson, who has been acting director for the agency, was named director of the agency by County Executive Steve Ehlmann in January. Her appointment was approved by the County Council at their Jan. 26 meeting.
Woodson, 41, succeeds Julie Eckstein who resigned last August to take a job with a consulting firm. Woodson has been acting director since Eckstein left.
During her tenure with the agency, beginning in 2002, Woodson also has served as a public health emergency response planner and assistant director. County officials say she implemented the county’s first adult immunization program as well as developed numerous policies and procedures to improve efficiency and operations. Additionally she has served as an adjunct professor for St. Louis University’s School of Public Health.
Woodson has served on a number of health and public safety committees including the St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS) Board of Directors, and the Advisory Board and Public Health and Hospital Committee. She also currently serves on Crider Health Center’s crisis team and the St. Charles County Ambulance District’s advisory board.
She has a bachelor’s degree in health promotion management from Southeast Missouri State University and master’s degrees in healthcare administration from Lindenwood University.
The St. Charles County health department deals with a wide range of issues from emergency preparedness, to immunizations and health services to environmental testing.