CCC-Columbus Names Outstanding Alumni Award Winner

May 1, 2021

Joni Ransom

Dr. Charles E. Sepers, Jr.Dr. Charles E. Sepers Jr. of Columbus has received the 2021 Outstanding Alumni Award from Central Community College-Columbus.

He is chief public health officer for the East Central District Health Department. In this capacity, he serves as the chief public health strategist for Boone, Colfax, Nance and Platte counties.

Sepers completed an associate of arts degree at Central Community College-Grand Island, a bachelor’s degree in psychology and exercise science at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, a master’s degree in public health at the University of Kansas Medical Center and a master’s and doctoral degrees in behavioral psychology at the University of Kansas.

With nearly 15 years of public health experience, his work has focused on understanding and improving conditions that contribute to health and well-being by working with communities, especially those with traditionally underserved populations experiencing health disparity.

His work encompasses addressing childhood obesity in urban and rural communities, improving physical activity and healthy food access among Latinos, using federally qualified health centers and patient-centered medical homes as a public health strategy for addressing diabetes, increasing health care access among minority populations, and working with World Health Organization colleagues to implement and evaluate social mobilization efforts to fight the 2015 West Nile Virus outbreak in West Africa.