Jackson County Official Receives Emergency Preparedness Leadership Award
Bart Hagston, Interim Administrator and Director of Environmental Health and Emergency
Preparedness at Jackson County Health Department, recently received the ‘Local Leadership
Award’ at the Illinois Public Health and Health Care Coalition Preparedness Summit in
Hagston, a 20-year veteran of Jackson County Health Department, has made many significant
contributions over the years to emergency preparedness efforts in Jackson County and the region. At
the county level, Hagston has ensured the coordination of health department planning and response
activities with other key partners. He has assisted Jackson County leaders with volunteer management,
public information and social media messaging during numerous floods, a tornado, and the 2009 super
derecho. Based on his experience as the County’s debris manager following the derecho, Hagston
developed a debris management plan that has been used as a model for other communities.
Hagston also took a public health leadership role in planning for the 2017 Solar Eclipse during which
large numbers of people came to Jackson County. Due to his efforts, Jackson County and the region
were prepared to meet the public health and safety issues for that and other mass gathering events.
“Mr. Hagston has exhibited the many ways that public health can contribute to community disaster risk
reduction, preparedness and response,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi
Hagston has also demonstrated exemplary dedication and leadership in emergency preparedness
planning and response across the region as a member of the Executive Board for the Shawnee
Preparedness and Response Coalition (SPARC) and as an American Red Cross volunteer and instructor.
Dr. Ezike stated, “Mr. Hagston is truly a role model for public health emergency preparedness