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Posted on: April 17, 2018

Analyst Vince Romero receives Kay Kent Award

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Analyst Vince Romero is the recipient of the 2018 Kay Kent Excellence in Public Health Service Award! He was nominated and selected by his peers for the award, which is named after W. Kay Kent who served as director of the Health Department from 1973 to 2006.

Vince received the award, a plaque on the honor wall and a $500 honorarium during a staff luncheon April 4 as part of National Public Health Week activities.

“I’m honored and humbled to be receive this award because I am surrounded by hard-working individuals,” Vince said. “In my job as an Analyst, I cannot be successful in my work without the environment of teamwork that exists here at the Health Department.”

Vince has worked at the Health Department for six years. Before joining the Health Department, he worked at the University of Kansas doing analytics in research and graduate studies.

Director of Community Health Chris Tilden describes Vince as an indispensable member of the Community Health team. “His expertise in analyzing data is essential to almost everything we do, and his positive, can-do attitude helps keep all of us upbeat and motivated to work together. It takes a village to promote the health of our community, and Vince makes our team — and our village — stronger and more vital. Having him on the Community Health team since almost the beginning is a really key ingredient in our success.”

Analyst Dee Vernberg feels lucky to share an office with Vince. “He is a great team player, always positive and one of the most considerate people I know. I can honestly say I do a better job here because I get to collaborate with Vince. We are so lucky to have him here at the Health Department.”

Director Dan Partridge said Vince is someone he admires a great deal. “What I appreciate about him the most is his sincere commitment to being the best person he can possibly be. By my account, he is doing a great job.”

Vince received a bachelor’s degree in recreational therapy with an emphasis in psychology from Pittsburg State University. He received his master’s degree in health service administration from KU. Although he was born and raised in Lawrence, Vince previously lived in Chicago and Denver.

In his free time, Vince enjoys his work as a Boot Camp for New Dads facilitator. He and his wife, Samantha, have five children. The family stays busy with church and sports activities and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. They also enjoy taking walks together.

“We like to do a lot of new, different things,” Vince said. “We go to movies, zoos and museums. We like trying new things and exposing the family to different journeys. Having so many kids forces me to be a kid again.”

Even though he’s a numbers guy, Vince has helped out in other ways at the Health Department. He’s played the part of Santa Claus for Healthy Families clients, was featured in the Health Department’s public health video and can be seen in promotional materials for FuelGood. One time, he even helped deliver a bat to a veterinarian for testing. “Someone was out of the office, and we needed a bat taken to the a veterinarian. There I was, walking down the street with this little bat on ice. That was one of those days when my kids would have thought my job was pretty cool.”

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