Derrick Neal, Director of the Victoria County Public Health Department (VCPHD) and the Cuero-DeWitt County Health Department.
In this role, Mr. Neal leads a team of professionals in Public Health Nursing, Environmental Services, WIC, Animal Control, HIV/AIDS Resource Program, Epidemiology, Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Finance and Water Lab. Derrick is leading unique initiatives to advance public health in these urban and rural communities including implementing evidence-based public health initiatives. Mr. Neal holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Illinois (2002) with a focus on program evaluation and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Jackson State University (1999). Derrick is currently a PhD candidate with a focus in Public Administration.
From 1999-2002 Mr. Neal served the Peoria City/County Health Department (PCCHD) as the HIV/AIDS Minority Project Coordinator. As Project Coordinator Derrick authored grants, developed programs, managed multiple clinic sites and served as an evaluation specialist where he managed HIV/AIDS county wide testing and counseling projects.
After Derrick's tenure with the PCCHD, he worked as a consultant for the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). While working for the Illinois Department of Health, Mr. Neal was responsible for evaluation of statewide HIV/AIDS programs funded by the (CDC) and program development activities.
Mr. Neal began his career with the City of Houston Health and Human Services Department in 2003. While with the City of Houston's Health and Human Services Department, Mr. Neal evaluated and implemented programs and designed and implemented the National Family Caregiver Support Program with the Harris County Agency on Aging. In addition, Derrick worked in conjunction with other public and private agencies to better serve and advocate for senior populations.
In December of 2013 Derrick accepted the position of Director of the Abilene Taylor County Public Health District (ATCPHD). In that role Derrick was responsible for leading health District, developing plans for community-based health programs aimed at the prevention of disease and promotion of health.
In addition, continuous improvement spurs Derrick's quest to evaluate, develop and implement best practices for public health, infrastructure and safety programs for all communities to support economic, environmental and social sustainability.
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