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Dedham 2014 Candidate Profile: Leanne Jasset, Dedham Board of Health

Get a deeper look at who's running in this year's races for the Dedham Town Election.

Editor's Note: The following profile is part of a series highlighting the candidates running for seats in contested races as part of this year's town election, which takes place on Saturday, April 12. Dedham Patch is looking to showcase why the candidates are running and what they hope to bring to the table. Check back leading up to the election for more profiles on the candidates. If you’re a candidate and would like to have a profile included, please email mattp@patch.com for more information.

Leanne Jasset is re-running for Dedham Board of Health this year. Dedham Patch recently spoke with her regarding her candidacy and what she hopes to bring to the table if re-elected this month.

Why are you running for re-election?

I am running for re-election to the Board of Health because of my genuine care and concern for the health and well-being of our community. As a longstanding Board member, I am proud of my initiatives and accomplishments; both past and present. Using my experience, education, and proven leadership, I can continue to advocate for a healthy Dedham. 

What do you hope to accomplish on the board?

I would like to continue my work in identifying and addressing the health concerns for our town and its residents. I would like to expand our public education programming; provide more outreach to the community in areas of nutrition, disease prevention, drug and alcohol abuse, and recovery; continue to encourage residents to participate in Emergency Preparedness; and continue to work collaboratively and respectfully with residents and other municipal departments.

What do you see is the most pressing issue facing Dedham right now in relation to the seat for which you're running?  

Dedham faces many pressing issues and challenges. I believe it is important  for all Boards of Health to be aware of, and able to respond to every health issue. Currently we, like most communities, face serious concerns with substance abuse and drug-related deaths. We also cannot lose sight of the importance of Emergency Preparedness. Whether it be an epidemic, natural disaster, or act of terrorism; we must be prepared to respond quickly and efficiently.

What do you think you could do to help resolve this issue?

The formation of Dedham's Coalition for Alcohol and Substance Awareness, which I co-chair, is an important and effective way to bring the community together on this matter. I will continue to work collaboratively with our residents, as well as state and local officials to address this issue and its consequences. And, as an active  member of the Medical Reserve Corps, I will continue to encourage greater participation from our residents in the healthcare field to join me as a First Responder and participate in the Emergency Preparedness Drills; so that Dedham will be better able face all health related challenges.

Name one unique idea you would like to bring to the tablet if elected in April.

I would like more Dedham residents to have the opportunity to be trained in CPR and First Aid. I have heard from senior citizens as well younger residents and students about their interest in being able to respond to an emergency.

Do you have any upcoming election-related events residents should know about? 

There are several sign holds planned throughout the town. Please visit my Facebook page, Leanne Jasset for Dedham Board of Health, or email me at ljasset@aol.com.

What is one thing voters might not know about you?

I began my career in pharmacy at the age of 13, working at the soda fountain at Gates Pharmacy in East Dedham.

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