Jessica Gehle was named a top 40 Under 40 in Public Health by the de Beaumont Foundation.

Gehle is a 2000 Effingham High School graduate.

Gehle’s love of public health started in Chicago as an undergraduate student at DePaul University. Early exposure to population-based health through a college course gave her the curiosity to explore health from different perspectives. She started her public health career in STD prevention at Washington State Department of Health, where she shaped disease investigation and surveillance efforts for several local health jurisdictions.

Today, she is the environmental health director at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, where she prioritizes quality improvement, customer service, community engagement, health equity, and policy, systems, and environmental changes to advance the department’s vision of Healthy People in Healthy Communities.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in biology at DePaul University in 2004 and completed her Masters of Public Health in 2009 from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

She is the daughter of Ann and Larry Gehle, formerly of Effingham ,now Jefferson City, Missouri, and the granddaughter of Robert and Dorothy Harpster of St. Peter.

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