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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Scott County Health Nursing supervisor promotes healthy lifestyle choices

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By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Mar 3, 2020

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Phyllis Jefferson with her husband | facebook

Phyllis Jefferson, nursing supervisor and clinical coordinator at Scott County Health Department, is committed to promoting healthy living.

“I like interacting with people and always had a desire to help others,” Jefferson told West Central Reporter. “I want to empower clients to make a difference in their lives by making healthy lifestyle choices.”

Jefferson was hired as the nursing supervisor/clinical coordinator for Scott County in 2000. Among the health department programs she manages and supervises are Women, Infants and Children (WIC); Family Case Management (FCM), which encompasses high-risk infants and medical management of foster children; developmental and behavioral screenings for children; communicable disease surveillance; and public health emergency preparedness.

“I think my favorite thing about the job is working with children--they can always make you smile,” Jefferson said. “It has been fun through the years to see the children that we saw in 2000 grow up and now we are seeing their children and know that you helped to make an impact on their lives.”

Jefferson, who has lived in rural Winchester all of her life, graduated from the Passavant School of Nursing in 1980. She has previously worked for White Hall Hospital, Morgan County Health Department, Morgan/Scott Visiting Nurses, and a couple of local doctor offices.

Jefferson serves on the board for the Area Agency on Aging and is involved with many church children’s programs. As part of her job with the health department, she also promotes and participates in community events.

“I love our little town and I want it to continue to thrive,” she said. “Establishing a strong community will make an impact on the future of the community.”

Jefferson enjoys spending time with her family, as well as partaking in two personal businesses—one involving wedding planning, and one involving finding and upcycling junk to create unique treasures.

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