Dianna Heyer, R.N., B.S.N., is the public health administrator of the Macon County Health Department (MCHD) in Decatur. She received her B.S.N. from Millikin in 1994. She provides thoughtful leadership and direction for all programs within the department of 82 employees. The program areas within the department include clinical nursing, dental, Women, Infants and Children (WIC), family case management, aging and disability resources, environmental health, emergency preparedness, health promotion and public relations. Dianna is passionate about the mission of the MCHD, which is “to promote the health and healthy practices of all residents of Macon County.” She believes in the work of public health and has dedicated herself to serving Macon County residents and educating the community about the importance of public health.
Dianna began her career in public health in 1997 at the MCHD caring for women, infants and children and later went on to become the Nursing Services/Communicable Disease Coordinator. She was responsible for coordination of clinics such as the immunization, well-child, communicable disease, sexually transmitted disease, TB and lead programs. Dianna developed her expertise in the area of communicable diseases and investigated a number of outbreaks such as norovirus, shigellosis, pertussis, mumps, legionella, and H1N1. She helped to facilitate the first Hepatitis C support group in Macon County.
After Sept. 11, 2001, Dianna had a lead role in emergency preparedness planning, building partnerships and collaborating to ensure public health emergency preparedness. In 2010 Dianna enjoyed working as the school health coordinator for Decatur Public Schools promoting the health and well-being of children. She went on to accept the position of Assistant Administrator/Director of Nursing in 2011 for the Logan County Department of Public Health leading and supporting staff in all aspects of services such as the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, home health, Health Works and public health nursing programs.
Her prior experience in public health prepared her for the role of public health administrator for the MCHD, which Dianna accepted in 2014. She leads the MCHD with compassion and understanding, providing steady direction. This year she facilitated a dental forum with local partners to seek solutions for access to dental care for the underserved. MCHD was recently awarded a grant from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation to promote access to dental care for special needs children. Dianna is most proud of the dedicated public health professionals at the MCHD and the work they do each day to serve the community.
Biography submitted by Dianna Heyer.