Health Commissioner



The  Ashland County Health Department would like to welcome Heather Reffett as our new Health Commissioner. Heather comes to us as an accomplished public servant with a love of learning, a joyful nature and honed leadership skills. She enjoys problem-solving, collaborating and developing the talents of others. 


Heather's work experience includes:


 At the District of Columbia Government, Department of Public Health -

  • Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation of Environmental Health Initiatives 

  • Project Director for a State Planning Grant for the Uninsured 

  • Health Systems Planning: Certificate of Need Reviews 

  • Performance Improvement Manager National Public Health Improvement Initiative

  • Supervisory Public Health Advisor 


In Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Office of the County Executive, Innovation and Performance - 

  • Director of Consulting

  • Internal consultant to County leadership directing project teams to address performance goals.

  • Facilitated executive leadership sessions to identify $32.5 million in potential cost-savings.

  • Developed Lean Six Sigma Program


And most recently- Care Alliance Health Center -


  • Director of Development

  • Involved in Many Strategic Activities such as Workforce Development, developing new service lines and strengthing old ones. 

  • Supervisor -  Community Engagement Teams responsible for marketing Health Services

  • Grant Manager - Personally applied for and received over $1,085,000 in grant awards


Heather graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science in 1998. In 2003, she became a Certified Public Manager-Program for Excellence in Municipal Management from George Washington University. In 2006 she graduated from George Mason University with a Master of Public Education with a concentration in Local and State Government.


Ms. Reffett has received many awards, most notably the Certificate of Excellence for Distinguished DC Government Employees and the Above and Beyond Employee Award from the DC Department of Health. 

Her experience in Public Health Accreditation includes being an Accreditation Site Visitor for PHAB. She also has training in Quality Improvement, has made presentations in  Community Health Improvement Plans, Strategic Plans and QI plans, in additional to Health Reform and Building Performance Management Systems. 

We are excited to have Heather as our new leader and look forward to her walking us through the Accreditation process. 












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