SC Public Health Association Recognizes Dr. Megan Weis with Michael D. Jarrett Excellence in Customer Service Award
At the 2017 South Carolina Public Health Association (SCPHA) Annual Meeting in North Charleston May 23-26, associate director Dr. Megan Weis was recognized with the Michael D. Jarrett Excellence in Customer Service Award. The late Michael D. Jarrett, former commissioner of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, left a profound legacy for all public servants to follow his promotion of providing exemplary customer service. Mr. Jarrett’s philosophy was to view and treat customers as their most valuable resource and his legacy lives on through commendable service consistently provided to those seeking services relating to Public Health by anyone offering public health services within South Carolina. The text below is from the program commending Dr. Weis.
Dr. Megan Weis is a public servant and provides exemplary customer service in the mission of public health. Dr. Weis is a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the SC Association for the Advancement of Health Education (SCAAHE). She is a true advocate for Public Health and Health Education.
She is a graduate of Furman University and the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. Her doctoral studies was in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health and focused on structural approaches to public health interventions, particularly in relation to evaluation of social and organizational influences on health, capacity development initiatives, and the effectiveness of collaborations and partnerships. She completed her doctorate in Public Health in 2012.
Dr. Weis scored the highest in the nation on her CHES Exam. Another noteworthy accomplishment is Dr. Weis’ work with the SC DHEC/SCAAHE CHES Study Sessions. Study Sessions are held twice annually (April and October). She led or co‐led study sessions up until 2011. Part of this task was also the development and update of exam preparation materials. Dr. Weis was a valuable resource to interested CHES applicants throughout the years. In April 2011, she became a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES).
Dr. Weis previously served as Program Coordinator II with the SC DHEC Division of Injury and Violence Prevention, SC Violent Death Reporting System and the SC State Child Fatality Advisory Committee for several years. Part of her duties was implementing and managing surveillance systems at SC DHEC. She left her position at SC DHEC in 2007 to assume the role of Coordinator for the SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health (SC IMPH) (formerly the SC Public Health Institute). She managed the grant and coordinated activities for the Advisory Committee where she made an impression at the state and national levels.
Currently, Dr. Weis is the Associate Director of the Outreach & Program Development with the Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH). Dr. Weis is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist who brings close to 15 years of experience in planning, implementing and evaluation of public health initiatives and surveillance programs to IMPH. She provides leadership and directs outreach efforts with special emphasis on project management and program development. Megan works with numerous partners/stakeholders everyday helping to advance public health issues, policy matters and special projects. She is also responsible for report writing, grant writing, strategic planning, organization and coalition development, management of multi‐stakeholder workgroups and evaluation and communications for IMPH.
She facilitates implementation and evaluation of the South Carolina State Obesity Action Plan and dissemination and utilization of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps in the state. Dr. Weis represents IMPH in a variety of settings and contributes to research and evaluation activities. She also directs the communication and marketing activities of the Institute, including the website, social media and publications. In all her roles, she has successfully worked to unite non‐traditional partners from various disciplines and organizations to jointly address public health challenges. She serves on the board of Eat Smart Move More South Carolina, as has held numerous leadership positions within the South Carolina Public Health Association (SCPHA). This includes serving as the SCPHA Affiliate Representative to the American Public Health Association (APHA) (July, 2013 ‐ July, 2016), Health Education Section Chair (2009 – 2010) and as a Member‐at‐Large (2005 – 2007) and Secretary of the Governing Council (2007 – 2008). Her committee service is stellar with service as Co‐Chair of the Contributed Papers Committee (2012‐ 2013 and 2009‐2010) and Co‐Chair of the Program Committee (2006‐2007). She has served on various committees including Registration, Nominations, Scholarship, and Futures. In 2009, SCPHA President Dennis Thompson appointed Megan as Chair of the Student Forum Committee. With Megan’s leadership and enthusiasm, she led the development of SCPHA’s first special interest forum, the Student Forum. The Student Forum is now a SECTION in good standing. Mobilizing students given their busy schedules was not an easy task. The Student Section continues to impress the Association with their many contributions.
Over the years, Megan received the SCPHA President’s Award in 2010 for her efforts in establishing the Student Forum (now Student Section). In 2013, she received the Lucinda Thomas Health Education Award for outstanding contributions in the area of community Health. In 2007, she was recognized by the South Carolina Association for the Advancement of Health Education as the Health Educational Professional Health Education Professional of the Year. As a graduate student she received several awards for scholarship. Her volunteer spirit is infectious and has contributed so much to the success of the various organizations, namely SCPHA. She has provided assistance with many special events, fundraisers, and service projects. Her caring and competent way shines through with every task. Her diverse experience service extends internationally as well with a stint in the Peace Corps, Malawi, Africa for seven months in 1999, working in Maternal and Child Health.
Accomplished and service‐oriented are two words that come to mind when talking about Dr. Weis. She is a high achiever and takes pride in being a part of something for the greater good. Among her many accomplishments, she is a wife to Jeremy Weis, and mother to Luke (March 2013) and Logan (February 2017).
Finally, the above gives just a snapshot of Megan’s service and dedication. She has been an incredible asset to SCPHA and a true advocate for Public Health and Health Education. She has truly made a difference in every realm she has touched. It is our absolute pleasure to award Dr. Megan A. Weis with this award for demonstrating active teamwork in providing outstanding customer service, and her overall service and dedication related to the mission of public health.