The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) funds and collaborates with eighteen separate public health districts throughout the state. District 4 Public Health is comprised of 12 counties in west Georgia: Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup and Upson.
District 4 Public Health’s vision is to provide easier access to quality health services, engage in strong community partnerships, and promote healthy behaviors for everyone that we serve.
District 4 Public Health’s mission is to lead the way for our communities to live healthier and safer lives.
Olugbenga O. Obasanjo MD, PhD, MPH, MBA, is the District Health Director. Previously, he served for more than five years on the front lines of public health in Africa. He worked with the AIDS Prevention Initiative, a project of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to develop and deliver health policy and programs to control and prevent HIV infection in Nigeria. He also developed health communication intervention programs for private companies and Nigerian governments at the local, state and national levels. Certified in public health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners and in preventive medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine, Obasanjo received his medical degree from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and completed his residency in preventive medicine at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Susan Wall LD, is the Nutrition Services Director for District 4 Public Health. She has served with Public Health for twenty-nine years, of which sixteen have been spent with District 4. Susan received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Foods from Auburn University. After working in the Public Health field for a short time, Susan received her Master’s in Counseling and Human Development from Troy University in order to help her better understand her clients and successfully guide them to a healthier lifestyle. Currently, she is part of The Village Campaign, Food and Nutrition Education Community. Susan is passionate about her job and is still excited about her career choice even after twenty-nine years.
Wendy LeVan is the Nursing Director for District 4. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Coe College in 1976. She has been with District 4 for twenty-one years, serving as the Family Planning Coordinator, Women’s Health Coordinator, and has now been the Director of Nursing and Clinical Services since 2005. Wendy also serves as the District Nurse Planner which allows her to complete the processes required by the ANCC COA (American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation) and the GNA (Georgia Nurses Association) to obtain CNE (Continuing Nursing Education) contact hours for activities in District 4. Wendy is honored to serve as a Georgia Public Health Nurse. Over the years, she has learned that it is important to always appreciate the past, focus on the present and have a vision for the future.
Ryan Jones, BSEH, Ga CEM, is the Emergency Preparedness Director for District 4 Public Health. He received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health from the University of Georgia. Ryan began his career in Public Health as an Environmental Health Specialist in Carroll County. Ryan has recently come to District 4 from the State Department of Public Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response where he served as the Environmental Health Emergency Planner and Mass Fatality Planner. In these roles, Ryan oversaw five Environmental Health Strike Teams across the State as well as facilitated the acquisition of seven mass fatality trailers for the Department to increase Georgia’s ability to respond to such disasters. He also serves as vice-chair within the Emergency Preparedness Section of the Georgia Public Health Association.
Duane Fields has worked in District 4 Environmental Health for more than 23 years. He began his career in Coweta County as an entry level Environmental Health Specialist and later became manager of the Coweta Environmental Health Department. Duane held that position for 13 years before accepting his current position as District 4 Environmental Health Director in 2012. He currently serves on several State of Georgia committees and teams for Environmental Health.
Brigid Smith is the Administrative Director for District 4 Public Health. She received her BS in Business Administration and Finance from Auburn University. Brigid began her career in Public Health in 2005 as the District 4’s Budget Analyst and was promoted to Administrator Director in 2012 after serving as interim Administrator. She previously held finance positions with Duracell and Milliken Company. Brigid has served on the Family Planning steering Committee and currently serves as GPHA Administration Section Secretary.
Barbara T. Stephens is the District 4 Human Resources Director. She has worked with District 4 for over twenty years. Prior to transferring to HR in 2002, Barbara served as a WIC Administrator. She has previously worked in the banking field in the areas of audits, compliance and security. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from LaGrange College in 1990. She is a Graduate Human Resource Professional through the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government and completed the College of Public Health Leadership Academy in 2013. Along with being a member of the Council for State Personnel Administration, Barbara also serves as the coordinator for the State/District Human Resources Directors group for the Georgia Public Health Districts.
Nick Burke is the IT Director of both District 4 and District 7 (West Central Health District), covering a total of 28 counties. He is the only IT Director in the state that covers two Districts. Nick received his Associate’s Degree from West Georgia Technical College and is certified in Microsoft, Cisco and Novell. He is also a Mercer Leadership Graduate and serves on many Committees at the District and State Level. Nick has proudly served District 4 Public Health for seventeen years. Prior to serving at District 4, Nick was the IT Director at Clark-Holder Clinic in LaGrange. Nick’s favorite part about his job is that no two projects are ever the same; his job is a new adventure every day.
Connie Walton is the District 4 Workforce Development & Training Coordinator. She has worked with District 4 for 30 years, beginning her career in Meriwether County as a WIC Clerk. During her tenure she has held various positions including 11 years with the District WIC Program and 12 years as Meriwether County Administrative Manager. Connie received her Bachelor of Applied Science from Clayton State University, Level I and II Certifications for Certified Local Government Finance Officer from University of Georgia and is a certified Crucial Conversation facilitator and Customer Service Trainer. Connie also received the Outstanding Service Award in Administration for 2016 from the Georgia Public Health Association. She is committed to ensuring that the District 4 workforce has the skills and knowledge needed to be successful.