by Yuliya Goldman
Bev Fristad, Yamhill County’s Immunization Coordinator, will retire after a nearly 30 year public health career. Bev started in public health in 1985 as a Public Health Nurse at Crook County Health Department. She oversaw several public health programs including immunization, WIC, STD, Family Planning, and well-child visits.
Next, Bev worked in Southwest District Public Health in Caldwell, Idaho before moving back to Oregon. Prior to starting at Yamhill, Bev briefly worked at Oregon School for the Deaf and Oregon School for the Blind and Polk County Public Health. She’s been at Yamhill County Public Health the last five years.
Before starting her public health work, Bev worked as a hospital nurse. Originally, she had not intended to go into public health, taking the job as a Public Health Nurse only because it was a nursing job close to home. However, Bev fell in love with her job. “I felt like I found my niche,” Bev said.
Bev values making an impact with her work. She enjoys the education and preparedness aspects of her work. Bev said that she will miss her patients the most and that her work has became a part of her.
Her dedication is apparent to those who have had the opportunity to work closely with her. “Bev has been a joy to work with!” said Tuesday Graham, VFC Health Educator. “She is an incredibly hard worker, doing whatever it takes to make sure her community is protected from vaccine preventable diseases.”
Throughout the years, Bev has worked in a number of public health areas, often simultaneously. However, she has been involved in immunization in some capacity through her entire public health career. Bev has seen the vaccine schedule evolve throughout the years from just a few vaccines to the vaccines recommended today.
After retirement, Bev plans to move to Vancouver, WA to help take care of her grandchildren. While in Vancouver, she would also like to get involved with the local women’s ministries. The public health community is grateful to Bev for all her contributions to the field and wishes her the best in all her upcoming adventures!