Who’s Who: Catherine M. Hewitt, MPH, TTS, CHES

April 2018 - Committee/Workgroup Chair Profile

Who's Who features committee and workgroup chairs as a way to recognize NACCHO's volunteer leaders. This month's featured chair is Catherine M. Hewitt, MPH, TTS, CHES from the Lake County General Health District (Mentor, Ohio). 

Catherine M. Hewitt, MPH, TTS, CHES

Health Educator & MRC Coordinator 

Lake County General Health District (Mentor, Ohio)


NACCHO Leadership Roles:
 

  • Healthy Living and Prevention Workgroup, second year as a committee member and will be overseeing Team A that will be discussing and working to merge and update policy statements regarding emerging tobacco and nicotine delivery devices.  
  • Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) workgroup – first year and Medical Reserve Corps Bob Cohen MRC Mentorship Program – First year

Why I enjoy working with NACCHO: 

My passion is to reduce the burden of tobacco use around the country through prevention, education and policy development at all levels of government and community. I truly enjoy sharing what I learn to move the country toward creating healthier environments in which we live, work and play. I look forward to working with NACCHO and the other workgroup members to adopt a revised and updated policy statement on tobacco which will be beneficial for LHDs. 

About Catherine M. Hewitt

Cathy Hewitt received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Public Health from Kent State University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.  She is a Health Educator at the Lake County General Health District working in Health Promotion and Planning.  She has extensive experience managing the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), overseeing more than 160 volunteers that are utilized in times of public health emergencies, during community events, and working to support education and prevention activities.  She began working four years ago in tobacco prevention and education in Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula Counties.  Work has included; creating youth stand teams, working with public housing authorities and assisting them with adoption of tobacco free multi-unit housing, working with school districts and public and private businesses to create 100% tobacco free environments, and more recently working with city mayors and council members toward adoption of Tobacco 21 laws.

Cathy is Chair of the Tobacco Free Ohio Alliance, comprised of public health departments, organizations, community partners and stakeholders coming together to discuss tobacco initiatives that will change smoking behaviors in the state of Ohio. Cathy was selected as the recipient of the Public Health Practitioner Award for the 2017 Champions of Public Health Award from The Ohio State University College of Public Health on October 16, 2017. She also received a Model Practice Award from NACCHO for her work on Tobacco Free Living: Operationalizing evidence-based interventions through expanded use of MRC volunteers and local health resources.

For more information about NACCHO workgroups or committees, email membership@naccho.org.