Saying Farewell to Joanna Douglass, a Children’s Oral Health Total Package

October 26, 2015

Today’s post is by Joanna Douglass, BDS, DDS, CT Health’s long-time oral health consultant

photo_douglass1Background (By Elizabeth Krause):  There are consultants and then there are CONSULTANTS.  CT Health staff often say we want to clone Dr. Douglass because of her rare combination of expertise in all aspects of children’s oral health — public health, clinical care, workforce training, policy, financing, and research.  Join us in recognizing Joanna’s contributions and wishing her the best.

It is with bittersweet feelings that after 15 years of consulting for the Connecticut Health Foundation I will be leaving. I have been proud to work with such committed people both here at CT Health and in the greater community. Through everyone’s hard work over the last 15 years so much has been accomplished in oral health. Currently Connecticut ranks as #1 in the nation for access to care for children on Medicaid! This is a tremendous accomplishment. Connecticut was one of the lower ranked states for children’s access and a huge amount of work was required to achieve such success. I feel privileged to have been a small part of that story.

I have been contemplating a change of career for some time. I have worked in public health policy for almost 20 years and now feel called to work more directly with patients. For several years I have been pursuing, very part-time, the process of becoming a hospital chaplain. I feel the time has now come for me to commit more fully to that process. I will be working towards obtaining a Masters in Divinity and completing the required clinical chaplaincy training. I will begin my next unit of chaplaincy training in January.

I will miss working with all of you to improve the oral health of Connecticut’s children. I have so valued the relationships formed over so many years! But I’m not completely leaving oral health. I will continue to work with dental residents and special needs patients at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

I am excited – and a bit apprehensive – to move on to this next step in my life.

4 Responses to Saying Farewell to Joanna Douglass, a Children’s Oral Health Total Package

  1. Joanna it has been a great pleasure to work with you in building my oral health knowledge as part of my grantmaking work at CT Health. I am excited for your in this next chapter of your life. I wish you well in your studies to become a hospital chaplain. Thank you for everything that you do to improve oral health for children and families in CT.

  2. Carol Pollack says:

    I have had the pleasure to be associated with Joanna over a large part of her time with CTHealth. I have always been extremely impressed by her passion and knowledge — both of which have made her invaluable to us and a major contributor to the oral health advances made for CT’s children. I know she’ll be an excellent chaplain and wish her well in this next phase.

  3. Vicki Veltri says:

    Joanna – We here at OHA wish you all the best in your next career, You’ve been an invaluable partner on oral health and in health advocacy efforts generally. Thank you for all you’ve done for our state.

  4. Cindy Kozak-Buckley says:

    Joanna, Having seen some of your “Church work”, you will be a wonderful chaplain. Thanks for your contributions to public health.

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