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APHA Positions held by KPHA Members

APHA Council of Affiliates (CoA)

Eldonna Chesnut
Johnson County Department of Health and Environment

CoA Chair-Elect:
November 2014 – November 2015

CoA Chair and APHA Executive Board: November 2015 – November 2016

APHA Executive Board Member:
November 2017- November 2020

Eldonna Chesnut, RN, BSN, MSN is employed by Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) as Division Director of Child Care Licensing since 2001. Eldonna graduated from Truman State University with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and at the top of her class with a Masters in Nursing Administration (MSN) from University of Kansas. She is currently pursuing a Certificate in Public Health Ethics from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is a member of the inaugural class of Kansas Public Health Leadership Institute. Eldonna represents JCDHE on many local and statewide committees. Within KPHA she has served as Past-President, President, President-Elect, Director at Large, Section Chair, and Affiliate Representative to APHA Governing Council (ARGC).  Eldonna also served as Conference Committee chair, committee member for several years, Orientation Manual Project committee member, and past Membership Chair. Eldonna received the Samuel Crumbine award from KPHA in 2012.

Eldonna served in APHA Council of Affiliates (CoA) leadership roles from 2014-2016. In 2015 she served as the CoA representative to the Executive Board of APHA. In November 2017 she was elected to a 3 year term on the APHA executive board. Her executive board committees include Membership, Governance and Development and her liaison assignment is MINK – Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas Public Health Associations. Eldonna is an APHA member, Maternal Child Health section member, Child Care Committee Member (under MCH section), Health Administration Section (HAS) member, and Public Health Nursing (PHN) Section member. She serves as the PHN liaison to the HAS.   Eldonna has attended the APHA annual conference every year since 2008.


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