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Janie Cambron, RS, MPH, is the Associate Dean for Practice and Workforce Development, and has worked within local and state public health agencies for over 17 years.  

Janie previously served as the Quality Improvement Coordinator in the Commissioner’s Office at the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH). During her 11 years at KDPH, she had previous roles spanning program management, epidemiology, performance improvement, environmental health, strategic planning, and accreditation. 

Before joining KDPH, she was the Senior Regional Epidemiologist for the Green River District Health Department for four years. She began her career in public health in 2004 as a Health Environmentalist at the Barren River District Health Department and later, the Green River District Health Department. Janie still retains her Registered Sanitarian (RS) license. 

In March 2020, Janie was one of eight national scholars accepted into the Bloomberg Fellowship DrPH program at Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health. Janie has a Master of Public Health (Environmental concentration) and a Bachelor of Science (double major Biology and Agriculture) from Western Kentucky University.  

She was a Kentucky Public Health Leadership Institute Scholar, a mentor and has served as an instructor for the Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky (CLIK). Janie was named the 2008 Young Careerist for both the Northwest Region and Local Owensboro Region from the Organization of Business and Professional Women. 

Janie has a core value of service. She had held many leadership positions within the Kentucky Public Health Association (KPHA), including Past President, and currently serves as the Workforce Development Committee co-chair. She is also a member of the KPHA advocacy, legislative, communications, and student engagement committees.  

Janie is involved in initiatives through the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), and the National Public Health Learning Network. She is also a current member of the Region IV Public Health Training Center steering committee. 

Due to her diversified public health experience, her professional interests are varied and include leadership development, change management, children’s environmental health, workforce capacity, social determinants of health, local public health, disease investigation, student engagement, community partnerships, emergency response, and quality improvement.


  • DrPH candidate (Class of 2025), Bloomberg Fellowship
    • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Managerial Epidemiology Graduate Class
    • University of Kentucky, College of Public Health
  • MPH, Environmental Health
    • Western Kentucky University
  • Leadership Institute Scholar
    • University of Kentucky, College of Public Health
  • BS, Biology and Agriculture
    • Western Kentucky University

Research Interests

  • Children's Environmental Health
  • Local Public Health
  • Workforce Development
  • Social Determinants of Health

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