Health department hires Community Health director, communications coordinator

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has hired two new employees. Chris Tilden is the director of Community Health and Karrey Britt is the communications coordinator.

Tilden previously was the executive director at Mountain States Group in Boise, Idaho, a nonprofit health and human services agency. Prior to that, he worked 10 years at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, where he oversaw the Bureau of Local and Rural Health. Tilden earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in health policy and management from the University of Kansas, and a doctorate from Duke University in biological anthropology and anatomy.

Britt joined the health department after working 16 years at the Lawrence Journal-World where she held various jobs including copy editor, page designer and assistant assignment director. She most recently was health reporter and editor of She also worked at The Daily Union in Junction City for two years. Britt received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Kansas State University.

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Marilyn Hull 5 years, 6 months ago

So great to have such capable people advancing health goals within our community. Looking forward to more good things happening.

Karrey Britt 5 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for the kind words! I'm looking forward to working with the community in a new way to promote health.

Chris Tilden 5 years, 6 months ago

Thanks Marilyn! I am very excited to be working with such a dedicated, passionate, and talented group of advocates who are committed to a healthier Douglas County!

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