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May 30, 2012

DHEC Region 1 Health Director Becky Campbell retires

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Becky Campbell, Ph.D. and health director for DHEC's Region 1, is retiring from the agency after 21 years leading health promotion activities in the Upstate, the agency announced today.

"We at DHEC are excited for Becky at this special time, although we will truly miss her," said Lisa Waddell, M.D. and deputy commissioner for DHEC health services. "She leaves a legacy of working to improve public health and establishes a model of community service. We are grateful for her years of service and wish her the best."

During her tenure, Campbell has served on numerous boards and community councils including the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce, Partners for a Health Community, Anderson YMCA, Success by Six, Big Smiles for Little Scholars, and the United Way of Anderson County board. She also has chaired the South Carolina Turning Point Initiative, aiming to help transform public health. Most recently, Campbell has worked to bring the Nurse-Family Partnership to Anderson. This premier medical model has been recognized nationally for helping to move families out of poverty, reducing infant mortality, preparing children for school and building self-sufficient individuals and families.

Campbell received her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Clemson University, where she also taught the subject for 14 years. In 1990, she received her doctorate from the University of South Carolina. And in 1991, she assumed the position of regional health director. She currently oversees public health activities for DHEC Region 1, serving Abbeville, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Oconee and Saluda counties.


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