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County welcomes new Public Health Administrator

Post Date:09/24/2018 8:55 AM

September 24, 2018
Contact Keri Zaleski
815-334-4456; cell 815-236-3238

Woodstock Ill. – The McHenry County Board of Health announces that Melissa Hall Adamson, MPH, will be the new Public Health Administrator for the McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) effective in late November.  Ms. Adamson replaces Michael Hill who left the Health Department in May after serving almost four years.

Adamson is the Director of Community Health Policy and Planning/Assistant Administrator for the Peoria City/County Health Department where she has been building strategic, cross-sector partnerships and collaborations to advance health equity since 2014.  She brings 20 years of managing and evaluating public health operations, programming, and communications to MCDH. 

In 1999 Adamson graduated from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta Georgia, where she received a Master’s Degree in Public Health.

MCDH employs approximately 117 people spanning four divisions (Administrative, Veterinary Public Health, Environmental Health and Public Health Nursing).  With locations in Woodstock and Crystal Lake, the Department has an operating budget of roughly $6,350,000.  For more information on MCDH and its services, visit us on the web at, on Facebook and Twitter (


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