Springfield-Greene County Health Department

Clay Goddard
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The assistant director of health for Springfield-Greene County has been promoted to director.

Clay Goddard will assume the role Nov. 12. He’ll take over for Kevin Gipson, who announced last week he’ll retire after 13 years as director.

Kevin Gipson
Submitted Photo / Springfield-Greene County Health Department

The director for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department will soon retire after 13 years at the position.

Kevin Gipson announced Friday he’ll step down on Nov. 9. He’s been with the department for a total of 24 years and his public health career spans more than 35.

healthline.com

An ordinance to implement a prescription drug monitoring program in Springfield will go to the full city council for a vote after a council committee--the Community Involvement Committee—unanimously agreed Tuesday to take that action.

Before the vote, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and Springfield’s Healthy Living Alliance recommended moving forward with the ordinance.

Springfield is planning to join a largely state-wide effort to receive a federal grant to implement a PDMP.  The grant would cover the cost of a program for the first two years.

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is moving its immunization center, with operations at its Westside Public Health Center to become more family-focused.

The Westside Immunization Center, located on South Scenic Avenue, has served the community for 13 years. Kathryn Wall, public health information administrator at the Health Department, says those same services will soon be offered at the Harold K. Bengsch Building on Chestnut Expressway, in a more central area.     

CDC

Eleven cases of mumps have been confirmed in Greene County since December, the latest on Friday.  An outbreak at the University of Missouri-Columbia has pushed Missouri to the number two spot just behind Arkansas in the number of mumps cases from January 1 to January 28.

And, according to the Springfield Public School District, five students have been diagnosed with the illness in the last few weeks.

Ashley Grajczyk, epidemiologist with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, said that’s unusual.

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