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Jeannine Riess Celebrated for Dedication to the Field of Public Health

Jeannine Riess channels years of expertise into her work at Colorado State University

While her career has been filled with highlights, she takes the most pride in leading teams during the challenges posed by COVID-19.

    TIMNATH, CO, May 01, 2024 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Jeannine Riess has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

An accomplished public health expert with a proven track record of industry success, Ms. Riess excels as a public health administrator at Colorado State University. In this capacity, she oversees operations for various programs, including the Food Program, the Indoor Air Quality Program, the Zoonosis Program, the Childcare Program, and the Communicable Disease Programs. She has made significant and lasting contributions to the field of public health and safety, where her leadership has been instrumental in advancing various aspects of public health, demonstrating a commitment to the well-being of the university community and the broader public. As an administrator, she manages a team of employees conducting field inspections, ensures regulatory compliance and corrective actions for non-compliance conditions, evaluates expenditures, and liaises with local, state, and federal agencies to alleviate environmental health risks. Alongside her work with Colorado State University, Ms. Riess is an International LEAP Network executive member.

One of Jeannine Riess's notable contributions has been in food safety, communicable disease, and the well-being of the population served under her leadership. Under her guidance, the university has implemented and strengthened food safety protocols, and under her program provides yearly training for their 130 retail food establishments delivering a food safety culture with empowerment, ensuring that students, faculty, and staff have access to not only safe meals, but also her initiatives, including Food Pantries and the Food Recovery Program campus-wide serving underserved populations receiving the Colorado Environmental Leadership Award for her efforts. She has elevated health standards and established a benchmark for best practices in food safety within educational institutions. Beyond her emphasis on food safety, Riess has played a pivotal role in crafting and implementing holistic public health and safety measures. This encompasses developing and overseeing strategies for communicable disease response, where she took the lead in managing the COVID-19 pandemic Response Team, receiving an appreciation award, and showcasing a proactive approach to preserving the health of the university community. Her expertise and leadership have proved invaluable, particularly during public health crises or outbreaks.

Furthermore, Jeannine Riess has championed initiatives aimed at promoting employee building health and safety, chairing and leading the campus to become "Smoke Free," implementing opioid strategies including providing access to Narcan and Fentanyl test strips and wellness kits across campus-wide, and implementing an Epi-Pen stockpile and availability. Ms. Riess received an award from the President's Sustainability Commission for leading Colorado State to become the first certified Bee Campus USA Institution in Colorado. By implementing and enforcing policies that prioritize the well-being of staff, she has created a work environment that fosters health and productivity. Her dedication to employee health extends beyond traditional occupational safety measures, encompassing holistic well-being and creating a culture of health consciousness by maintaining partnerships with local, state, and national associations and health departments.

Overall, Jeannine Riess's contributions to public health and safety reflect a comprehensive and forward-thinking approach. Through her leadership, the university has become a model for integrating health and safety measures into various aspects of campus life, ensuring a secure and thriving community. As she continues to drive initiatives that prioritize the well-being of individuals and the community, Jeannine Riess stands as a commendable figure in the field of public health.

Over the years, Ms. Riess has had various roles including as the owner and director of Public Health & Food Safety Services, LLC, and as a food science, human nutrition, and food safety instructor at Colorado State University. Ms. Riess also was the proud owner, of Monet's Morning Coffee, LLC, where she hones her skills in business management and accounting. During the early stages of her career, she was a project accountant at Universal Studios Hollywood, Walt Disney Imagineering and worked as a public health specialist for Larimer County. Due to her vast breadth of knowledge, she has also contributed to the publication, "Investigating transmission of SARS-CoV-2 using novel face mask sampling: A protocol for an observational prospective study of index cases and their contacts in a congregate setting."

An expert in her field, Ms. Riess holds an associate degree in liberal arts from California State University, Northridge, and a Bachelor of Environmental Health from Colorado State University. Subsequently, she expanded her professional knowledge, completing a Master of Public Health at the University of Northern Colorado, several National Environmental Health Association certifications, and environmental hygiene and infection prevention certifications through the Arizona Nurses Association's ICT Institute.

Driven to remain abreast of changes in the field, Ms. Riess aligns herself with industry organizations such as the Colorado Environmental Health Association, the American Public Health Association, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the Indoor Air Quality Association, and the American School Health Association. In conjunction with her work, Ms. Riess is a court-appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children, a role that requires significant emotional strength and resilience.

Given her professional achievements, Ms. Riess won numerous Employee Appreciation Awards through Colorado State University. While her career has been filled with highlights, she takes the most pride in leading teams during the challenges posed by COVID-19. She developed and deployed a software system overnight, set up testing locations on campus, implemented leadership in wastewater and saliva testing, and much more. Though hard work and dedication have brought her far in her career, she credits her success to her steadfast work ethic, which was instilled in her through her background as a ballet dancer. In the next five years, Ms. Riess intends to continue in food safety and environmental health and return to teaching at the undergraduate level.

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