Ozark's Public Health Institute

Staff

The number of OPHI staff expands and contracts depending on the size and need of current projects.  The staff housed in the OPHI office are listed below:

 

Director

Dr. Dalen Duitsman

Dr. Duitsman received his doctorate in Health Education/Public Health and his M.S. from Indiana University located in Bloomington, Indiana. He received his duel undergraduate degrees in Health Education and Physical Education from William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.  

Prior to his arrival at Missouri State University in the fall of 1996, he was a Health Studies faculty at Iowa State University.  During his tenure there he helped revise the Community Health Education curriculum and was instrumental in the growth of the program.  At Missouri State, he implemented and administered the M.S. in Health Promotion and Wellness Management graduate program and also developed, implemented and administered the Master of Public Health program. 

In February of 2001 Dr. Duitsman was appointed by the Board of Governor’s to serve as Director of the OPHI.  In this position he has served as the principle investigator of numerous contracts and grants that have focused on solving community public health issues in Missouri.  He has been successful in uniting university resources and community stakeholder resources to develop and implement targeted interventions to address community health related needs.  Dr. Duitsman’s expertise also extends to creation of partnerships and coalitions.  He is known in the state for his leadership on state-wide, regional, and local boards, committees and coalitions.  He currently serves as President of the Missouri Institute of Community Health, Immediate Past President of the Missouri Public Health Association and is on the steering committee for the Transforming the Future of Public Health in Missouri initiative.  

Contact Dr. Duitsman at:

 

Project Coordinator

Delores Joyce

Delores Joyce has over 20 years of program management experience in the University and non-profit sector. Ms. Joyce received her Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in not for profit administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She assumed her position as Project Coordinator at OPHI in 2001. Prior to that time, she was the Project Coordinator for the American Lung Association for seven years.

Her passion to improve the health of people in Missouri through advocacy is evidenced by the roles she has undertaken in the state. She has been an active member of the statewide tobacco coalition for the past 15 years and served as a Board member for Tobacco Free Missouri for seven years. She was a founding member of breathe easy Springfield/One Air Alliance and continues to serve on numerous coalitions and advisory boards dedicated to improving the health of people in Missouri. In her role as Project Coordinator, she collaborates with community members and organizations to write grants to provide evidence based programs to improve community health, implements grant funded initiatives and serves as the budget officer on several OPHI contracts and grants.

Contact Delores Joyce at:

 

Graduate Assistants

Calins Alphonse

Calins Alphonse is a graduate student in the Masters of Public Health program and a graduate assistant at the Ozarks Public Health Institute. Calins’s work experience includes: administrative duties, research, patient care, organizing health awareness camps and coalition building for healthier communities. He has Bachelor’s degree in Naturopathy and Yoga and a Master of Science in Psychology.

Contact Calins at:

            417-836-3271

            Calins85@live.missouirstate.edu

Melissa Cotton

Melissa Cotton is a graduate student in the Masters of Public Health Program and a graduate assistant at CoxHealth Branson where she assists staff to implement a healthy living computer based program, Staying Fit, to middle school students in surrounding areas. She has a B.S. in Anthropology from Missouri State University with a minor in Psychology. Her interests include wellness promotion and obesity prevention. 

Contact Melissa at:

            Melissa178@live.missouristate.edu

Kathryn Metzger

Kathryn Metzger is a graduate assistant for the Ozarks Public Health Institute working on the Grow Healthy: Childhood Obesity Program. She has a B.S. in Agronomy and Dietetics and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health. Her professional interest is the production and protection of a healthy and safe food supply to fight hunger, obesity, and nutrition-related chronic diseases.

Contact Kathryn at:

            417-836-3271

            Kathryn321@live.missouristate.edu

Emily Ogden

Emily Ogden is a graduate student in the Masters of Public Health program at Missouri State University and is a graduate assistant with OPHI. She primarily works with the CoxHealth Network on the Staying Fit program. Emily has experience in clinical trials and studies and she has done statistical work for two research centers. She has a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Missouri State University. She is interested in epidemiology and community health and hopes to work at either the regional or national level in infectious disease outbreak and prevention.

Contact Emily at:

            Ogden08@live.missouristate.edu

Shamim Jaleel

Shamim Jaleel is a graduate student in the Masters of Public Health program at Missouri State University and a graduate assistant at the Ozarks Public Health Institute (OPHI).  She primarily works with the CoxHealth Network on the Tobacco Cessation grant program where she assists staff in reducing the prevalence of smoking among residents of Branson and surrounding communities. She has a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Missouri University of Science and Technology and a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. She is interested in working with communities to promote and implement positive changes in the health status of women and children.

Contact Shamim at:

            Jaleel117@live.missouristate.edu