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Louisville Health Director Leaving for New Post

Tuesday September 7, 2010

Dr. Matt Zahn to serve as interim director

Dr. Adewale Troutman, hired as Louisville’s public health director in 2003 by Mayor Jerry Abramson to help raise the bar on health and wellness, has accepted a new post at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health in Tampa.

Troutman, who will be leaving for his new post in early November, will become director of USF’s Public Health Practice and Public Health Leadership Institute. He will also serve as a consultant to the Department of Community Health in Tampa and will be a full professor at USF.

Abramson has selected Dr. Matt Zahn, medical director for the Louisville Public Health and Wellness Department, to serve as interim director of the department when Troutman leaves. Zahn, who supervises all direct patient care as medical director, also serves as a pediatric infectious disease physician at Kosair Children’s Hospital and as associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

In seven years heading Louisville’s public health agency, Troutman has worked alongside Abramson to increase awareness of healthier lifestyles and tackle obstacles that stand in the way. Among the major accomplishments:

· Implementing the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, a communitywide effort to increase physical activity and healthy eating;

· Leading the successful effort to enact a comprehensive ban on smoking in public places;

· Creating the Center for Health Equity to reduce social and economic disparities to good health and wellness;

· Managing a successful citywide inoculation program for the H1N1 virus that protected more than 300,000 children and adults.

“Ade has made a tremendous mark on this community in a relatively short time,” Abramson said. “He has delivered on the promise to help citizens improve their health and wellness and to make Louisville a healthier place for everyone.”

William Altman, chairman of the Louisville Board of Health, praised Troutman’s work. “He has literally put Louisville on the national map as a community known not only for our commitment to improving the public’s health, but also as a place that values health equity for all of our citizens,” he said.

Troutman, who has also served as associate professor at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences over the past seven years, was recently reappointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on the National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020.

Troutman praised Abramson’s leadership and support for improved public health and wellness. “It is my conviction that health is a basic human right and we must all continue to focus on eliminating obstacles that prevent the equitable application of that right to all people,” he said. “Louisville has taken significant steps to achieve that goal and I am proud of the part I have played.”

Troutman’s departure will mean another loss for Louisville next year. His wife, Denise Vazquez Troutman, who has served as president and CEO of The Center for Women and Families for more than 4 ½ years, will leave her post effective March 2011 to join her husband.

The Center for Women and Families plans to begin a search for a new president and CEO next month, said Steven Bowling, Director of Community Engagement at the center. For more information, contact Bowling at 581-7206 or 773-7316.