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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
December 6, 2013

DHEC Employee Tapped for Position with National Public Health Organization

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Lisa Waddell, M.D., has been selected by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to work on public health policies and programs at the national level, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

"We are honored that one of our own has been selected to this national leadership role," said agency Director Catherine Templeton. "DHEC and South Carolina continue our tradition of promoting excellence and expertise in the field of public health. We look forward to continuing to work with Dr. Waddell in her new role with ASTHO in Washington, D.C."

Dr. Waddell will work with states and territories on the formation of public health policies and programs which may affect them, and provide them with guidance and technical assistance on improving the nation's health.

"I am proud to have served the department and the citizens of this state for over nineteen years," Waddell said. "It has been an honor to work with so many talented and committed public health professionals, health care partners and community partners. Together, we have accomplished much and for that I am truly grateful."

Dr. Waddell began her DHEC career in 1994 as a local health director. She was promoted to Assistant Commissioner in 1995 and later to Deputy Commissioner for Health Services in 1999, where she spearheaded efforts to improve a wide array of public health initiatives. In her current role, she serves as Deputy Director of Preventive Services and is responsible for the agency's chronic disease prevention programs, maternal and child health services, communicable disease control, and the state's immunization program.

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Note to reporters and editors: A photo of Dr. Waddell is available here.

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For media queries:
Mark Plowden– (803) 898-9518
Email – mark.plowden@dhec.sc.gov