Veverka retiring as Delaware County Health Commissioner
Delaware Health Commissioner Frances M. Veverka, MPH, RS, a longtime figure in state and national Public Health leadership, is retiring after making Delaware County healthier for 31 years.
Ms. Veverka has been a visible community leader as the head of the Delaware General Health District, serving several community and local government organizations. She introduced state-of-the-art environmental health services and Public Health assessments to Delaware County. She helped bring need-based health education, maternal and child health care, and personal health services to Delaware, Morrow and/or Union counties. She also has advanced a number of community projects and causes through the Delaware Rotary Club, United Way and other organizations. She has served on numerous state and national Public Health panels during her award-winning 43-year career.
In submitting her retirement notice, Ms. Veverka noted her appreciation to the Board of Health members for their support. She credited an exceptional staff and teamwork for the progress in protecting and improving local residents’ health.
“It has been rewarding to serve as a Board of Health member for the past 11 years with Fran as the Health Commissioner, guiding the many accomplishments the District has achieved,” said Board of Health Vice President Pat Blayney. “During my tenure as a Genoa Township trustee before joining the Board, we certainly appreciated the programs and outreach to our township that Fran initiated. Fran has always strived to ensure the personal growth of the staff, which has led to the many achievements of the Health District.”
Ms. Veverka’s career was capped appropriately in each of the last three years with Delaware County’s population being identified as the healthiest in Ohio (see www.countyhealthrankings.org). Before that, in 2006, the American Public Health Association named Delaware County one of five U.S. Blue Ribbon Communities “leading the nation in efforts to build healthy environments for kids.”
Locally, Ms. Veverka has served the Delaware Rotary Club in several capacities, including President. She was Delaware County United Way campaign chair in 1996 and has received two Special Recognition Awards from UW. She was the founder and member of the Union Recyclers Board. She served on the Delaware County Family Services Regional Council of Governments, the Delaware-Knox-Marion-Morrow Solid Waste District Policy Committee and the Council for Union County Families. She was a founding board member for the Delaware General Health District’s Friends for Life Fund.
Ms. Veverka was hired as commissioner by the Delaware Board of Health in July 1981, and simultaneously served as part-time Morrow and Union County Health Commissioner until 1996.
During her public health career, Ms. Veverka has served as President of the Ohio Public Health Association, the Ohio Environmental Health Association and the Conference of Local Environmental Health Administrators. She also was elected Executive Board Chairperson of the American Public Health Association. She has long advocated for sound public health policy at the local, state and national levels, and has been active in the National Association of City and County Health Officials and the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners.
She has received numerous public health awards including Distinguished Service awards from the above public health associations. In addition she received alumni recognition awards from Bowling Green State University and the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Ms. Veverka also received gubernatorial appointments to state environmental advisory boards by different administrations.
The Delaware Board of Health is interviewing qualified applicants to fill the position of Health Commissioner. Ms. Veverka will retire after the Board of Health selects her replacement.