A rising star with a passion for public health

| Jan Adams

Jennifer Rombalski, director of the LaCrosse County Health Department, was recently named as a Rising Star Under 40 in the Seven Rivers Region by the La Crosse Tribune and featured in an article published in October.

She was named to the La Crosse director position in December 2015. Prior to accepting that position, Rombalski served in the same capacity for Chippewa County. Previously, she was a health officer for Buffalo County and worked as an RN at Gillette Children's Specialty Health Care in St. Paul. During her public health career her primary focus has been on "building partnerships within the community to improve the health of its citizens, including environmental health, laboratory services, health education, public health nursing, nutrition and vector control."

Rombalski, earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UW-Eau Claire in 2001 and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Minnesota. She was also named a fellow through the University of Illinois (in affiliation with the Mid-America Regional Health Leadership Institute) and is the 2006 recipient of Wisconsin’s Lillian Wald New Public Health Nurse of the Year.

“Public health has always been a passion because it’s the one area of the health care system that focuses on prevention all the time,” Rombalski said.

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