GCPH undergoes structural changes

Shown above are Grundy County Public Health employees: program coordinator Katie Thornton-Lang (left) and office coordinator Michelle Van Deest (right). (Michaela Kendall/The Grundy Register photo) 

The Grundy County Public Health Department has undergone many changes in the last year - including a move to a new building and structural changes in the department itself - but employees at GCPH want the public to know they’re still there to assist them in all the ways they always have.



“We’ve had a lot of changes with the building, and the way we’re structured,” says Katie Thornton-Lang, program coordinator with GCPH. “We’ve had some people wondering if we’re still here, and we want to let them know not only that we’re still here, but that we’re still working to meet the needs of the community in every way we can.”



One of the major changes is the organization’s new home at the recently constructed Grundy County Courthouse Annex Building, which they moved into almost exactly one year ago. Aside from that, there have been structural changes within the last year; most importantly is GCPH’s move towards more local operation.



Formerly, GCPH was partnered with UnityPoint At Home out of Waterloo. As of July 1 of this year, GCPH is now partnered with the county.



Longtime GCPH office coordinator Michelle Van Deest, who has been with the organization for over 20 years, says she thinks the change towards a less corporate, more local focus has been positive for the organization.



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