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First Year in County Busy One for King

by Randy Pierce

MADISON COUNTY — Doug King’s first year as public health administrator for Madison County has been a very busy one and with grant money received for some significant outreach programs, the second one is not likely to slow down for him.

King was thanked and congratulated on a successful first year in his position last month by the chairman of the Madison County Board Health Department Committee, Stacey Pace of Troy, after providing a comprehensive summary of his department’s activities and sharing some information about what is to come in the months ahead.

One of the grants King reported as being received by the county health department under his leadership is designated for “medical respite” purposes. As a result of this funding from the Illinois Public Health Institute, which is headquartered in Chicago and works with larger agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this grant is designed, King stated, to assist homeless people who are ill or have suffered an injury but do not require the level of care provided by hospitals.

Working with David Kerr, the homeless services director for the county, various community groups and coalitions, King said the first step in the administration of this grant program is to gather information to determine how recipients of the applicable support will be found, reached and specifically assisted then, by next year, further action will be taken concerning which local level groups would get some of the funds, all with the goal of figuring out how this program can be utilized to its maximum effectiveness.

Another grant received by the county health department as outlined by King came from the Illinois Medical Reserve Corps, this state’s division of a nationwide organization focusing on assuring that local health needs are being met.

The money from that source will go toward increased opportunities for training health care personnel, according to King, including response to those with mental issues needing attention and meeting other requirements as necessary for those working in this field.

King also reported to the health department committee that the Illinois Department of Public Health late last year has certified Madison County’s private water system and well program as it had done with the food inspection and safety program earlier in 2023. Both of these certifications come up every three years.

In November of 2022, the county board unanimously supported the hiring of King for his current position, filling a vacancy left by the retirement of his predecessor, Toni Corona.

King had previously been public health administrator since 2017 in Jersey County immediately to the north after having served that unit of government since 2014. Before that he was employed by the East Side Health District in East St. Louis since 2000.

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