PITTSBURG — Family Nurse Practitioner Rebecca Adamson will be sworn in as the Crawford County Health Officer Friday, but she is already transitioning into her new role.

Adamson was approved as the health officer last Friday by the Crawford County Commission at its regular meeting. She is also being promoted to director of the Crawford County Health Department following the retirement of former Health Officer and Director Janis Goedeke.

“I have been with the health department for 10 years,” Adamson said. “I served as projects manager overseeing programs and worked directly under Janis.”

As director, Adamson will oversee the daily operations of the health department, as well as continue to oversee the over 20 programs it offers to the public. Her role as health officer will be making sure the county is in compliance with state statutes regarding public health.

“I will insure compliance with state laws and statutes to maintain the health of the public,” Adamson said. “I will also be working to establish health policies and report and investigate and report diseases to the state.”

Adamson will also work with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and educate local healthcare providers, government entities and the public about health concerns.

She also has several goals at the top of her priority list, including establishing new programs and expanding others.

“Overall I want to expand programs out into the community more and also establish chronic disease self-management and pain self-management programs,” Adamson said. “Those are my immediate goals, but I hope to also expand the WIC program — Women, Infants and Children — into the county more.”

Crawford County Mental Health Executive Director Rick Pfeiffer recommended Adamson for both positions and said the department is fortunate to have her in the position.

“She’s not only my recommendation to the county,” Pfeiffer said. “She’s at the top of her career and just a superb candidate.”

At the commission meeting, Commissioner Tom Moody agreed.

“I’ve watched Rebecca grow in her current position and I think we are pretty fortunate to have her apply as health officer,” he said.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.