Kerry Kernen is the Division Chief of Community Health, Nutrition and Clinical Services with the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) in Omaha, NE. Kerry has been with the health department since January of 2016 and has over 20 years of public health experience. Prior to her joining DCHD she was with Lutheran Family Services (LFS), in Lincoln NE, as their Chief Operating Officer Health 360 Integrated Care Clinic and Regional Administrator of Behavioral Health Services.
As Division Chief with Douglas County Health Department, Kerry oversees the Women, Infant Children (WIC) Program, clinic operations providing Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) and immunization services, Health Promotion which oversees multiple grants and projects centered on improving the health of the community, and the Community Health Needs Assessment along with the development and implementation of the Community Health Improvement Plan. Kerry, in conjunction with Live Well Omaha, leads multiple efforts for Douglas County to become an Accountable Health Community.
Kerry graduated from Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, NE with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with both a Master’s in Public Administration and a Master of Science in Nursing. Kerry currently resides in Omaha, NE.
For more than 10 years, area Health Departments have assessed local community health needs together by serving area residents, health professionals and community leaders. Now those counties are working together to address mental health stigma and lift up the connections to resources by partnering to design a new approach with area residents designing the process from the inside out. Learn about the challenges and wins of what it takes to listen first, slow down and go together to maximize the work.