Community West Foundation Board of Directors Spotlight: Pamela Bobst

Community West Foundation Board Member Pamela Bobst

Mayor of Rocky River, Pamela Bobst, has been on the Community West Foundation Board of Directors since 2006 and serves on the Community Engagement Committee. She really connected with the Foundation’s dedication to funding organizations that provide basic needs services. “We have the opportunity as a funding organization to ensure the longevity of the programs and services that are critical to people in the region,” she said.

Mrs. Bobst’s academic background includes a Dental Hygiene degree from the University of Minnesota, a Bachelor of Arts degree in health care access/public health from Northeastern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in community health education from Kent State University.

Upon graduating from the University of Minnesota, Mrs. Bobst accepted a position in the Research Institute of the American Dental Association (ADA) to study the long-term effects of community water fluoridation. In 1982, she was promoted to Special Program Coordinator for the ADA’s Bureau of Health Education. Her primary focus in this position was the development, production and dissemination of print and audiovisual materials for National Children’s Dental Health Month. Additionally, she conducted workshops on planning local community programs to dental society members throughout the country. Mrs. Bobst assisted in the creation, revision and production of numerous health education materials – both print and audiovisual. Beyond these responsibilities, notable projects she completed include a Head Start dental health curriculum; a National Girl Scout Merit Badge program; and a safety belt awareness campaign for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In 1984, Mrs. Bobst was awarded a graduate assistantship in the Department of Adult, Counseling, Health and Vocational Education at Kent State University. The graduate assistantship included two roles – one as an instructor and the other as the Special Projects Coordinator for the American School Health Association (ASHA). As an instructor, she taught various courses to undergraduate students. The Special Program Coordinator position focused on the development of the National School Health Education Coalition’s Materials Chart and Curriculum Information targeted to professionals serving children and youth.

Mayor Pamela Bobst (left) with Donna and Dr. Neil Smith, President of Fairview Hospital, at the Spring for Hope fundraiser in 2019.

After receiving her graduate degree, Mrs. Bobst held management positions with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Ohio in the divisions of HMO Health Ohio and Provider Relations. The HMO Health Education Coordinator position was responsible for the development and implementation of all health promotion efforts for patients and their families. Courses ranged from smoking cessation and aerobic exercise to managing lower back pain and diabetes education. As the Manager of Provider Communications and Cost Containment Education, her efforts centered on developing programs and materials for professional and institutional health care providers regarding patient benefits and related issues. She also created and coordinated continuing education workshops for physicians focusing on cost containment procedures and protocols in collaboration with University Hospitals/Case Western Reserve University.

Three years later, she returned to the ASHA and held the following positions – HIV Prevention Project Coordinator, Editorial Marketing Associate and the Director of Marketing Services. As Director of Marketing Services, she was responsible for all publication, program and membership promotions. She served as the ASHA representative for the American Medical Association’s Coalition on Adolescent Health and the Task Force for the Year 2000 Health Objectives for the Nation. She was also the staff liaison for the ASHA’s Task Force on Corporate Partnerships. In addition, she served as a grant and continuation application reviewer for the Centers for Disease Control, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Adolescent and School Health.

Throughout her career, she has presented numerous local, state and national workshops and has been involved in the writing of several publications highlighting a variety of important and timely community health issues. She has demonstrated and has been recognized for her knowledge of health and education principles, communication skills, and above all else, her enthusiasm and commitment to quality community programming.

As a longtime Rocky River resident, Mrs. Bobst is involved in the city’s Chamber of Commerce, Historical Society, Women’s Club and the Beach Cliff Garden Club. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including Cleveland Clinic Hospitals Woman of Achievement in 2007, Community Challenge/Recovery Resources Exemplar Award in 2008 and the Rotary International, Lakewood/Rocky River Foundation Bill Pinter Award in 2017.

Mrs. Bobst has 3 grown children and enjoys hiking, camping, reading and cooking in her free time.

For more information, contact Community West Foundation at 440-360-7370 or visit CommunityWestFoundation.org.

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