Director - Farmington Valley Health District
Farmington Valley Health District
Jennifer Kertanis is the Director of Health for the Farmington Valley Health District serving a population of approximately 110,000 in ten towns, west of Hartford, Connecticut. Ms. Kertanis has 30 years of public health experience serving in multiple capacities in non-profit, state and local public health agencies. She was appointed Director of the Farmington Valley Health District in September, 2012.
Prior to joining the Health District, Ms. Kertanis served for ten years as the Executive Director of the Connecticut Association of Directors of Health (CADH), a SACCHO affiliate of NACCHO. During her tenure at CADH she co-established the CT practice-based research network and was a contributing architect of the Health Equity Index, a tool that measures the relationship between social conditions and health outcomes. Prior to her position at CADH, Jennifer worked for eleven years with the CT Department of Health in environmental epidemiology working with communities to assess the health implications of hazardous waste sites. During this time she wrote several peer reviewed health assessments and advanced a number of health outcome studies.
Ms. Kertanis serves on the CADH Board of Directors. Jennifer is an active member of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), currently serves on the Board, Executive Committee, Finance, Governance and Health Equity Committees.
Ms. Kertanis received her Masters in Public Health degree from the University of Connecticut. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015 and received the CEA Winslow award in 2017. Ms. Kertanis is also a 2013 graduate of NACCHO’s Survive and Thrive leadership program for new health officials.