Who’s Who: Michael Drennon MSPH, MPA

2018 July Michael Drennon Photo

July 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 Michael Drennon MSPH, MPA from the Florida Department of Health: Sarasota County (Sarasota, Florida).

Michael Drennon MSPH, MPA

Disease Intervention Services Program Manager

NACCHO Leadership Roles:

  • Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Workgroup; July 2017-June 2018 (Chair)

Why I enjoy working with NACCHO:

Leading the IDPC workgroup provides multiple responsibilities and opportunities that are enjoyable. From the development of position/policy statements to the review of model practice applications, the group is always working on something interesting. However, I must say as both the workgroup leader and as a member the most enjoyable aspect of the workgroup is working with NACCHO staff and other public health professionals around the country. The ability to have a conversation, requesting or giving advice, with peers regarding difficult or challenging public health situations is by far the most enjoyable experience. As public health professionals, this is not always an opportunity that we have. The opportunity to share experiences and lessons learned is invaluable.

About Micheal Drennon

Michael Drennon is DOH Sarasota’s Disease Intervention Services Program Manager. Michael holds a Bachelor Degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee, Master of Science in Public Health from the University of South Florida and a Master in Public Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University. After obtaining his MSPH in 2006 Michael was hired as the epidemiologist for the North Carolina Public Health Regional Surveillance Team (PHRST) 3 located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. His responsibilities for PHRST 3 included surveillance of issues of public health concern (whether man-made or natural), county level emergency preparedness planning and training, and education of community partners on topics of public health importance.

After his work in North Carolina Michael was accepted to the Florida Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Fellowship program, and assigned to the Sarasota County Health Department. As an EIS Fellow and County Epidemiologist Michael conducted routine public health surveillance activities and data analysis, outbreak investigations, presented multiple community presentations on public health threats, coordinated local preparedness for infectious disease disasters, and worked closely with community partners to improve the health of the residents and visitors of Sarasota County. As the DIS Program Manager Michael supervises the staff and programs responsible for identifying, investigating and mitigating reportable health conditions in Sarasota County.

In addition to his supervisory role, Michael is the agency’s subject matter expert on communicable diseases, addressing the community and media with any questions related to these topics. He works with all divisions of the health department to investigate the patterns and distribution of conditions of public health importance in Sarasota County. As a strong advocate for public health Michael strives to provide valuable information to drive public health policies and practice.

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