Hall of Leaders

James Nunnelly

James Nunnelly has been a leader in building healthy communities through his work with public health programs and mental health, prevention and substance abuse treatment. He has presented more than 25 major seminars in health and healthcare management, and has been nationally recognized for his leadership in the field.

-Bachelor of arts, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1968

-Master’s in public health, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1975

-Currently serves as program administrator for the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office/COMBAT, where he is responsible for administering dedicated tax proceeds for substance abuse programs, as well as administering and granting a network of 80 community, law enforcement and public health agencies

-Previously served as the chief executive administrator of the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, family practice administrator for Trinity Lutheran Hospital, and surveyor for the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

-Featured in Ebony Magazine and the New York Times for his work in substance abuse public health

-Keynote speaker at more than 125 events, including the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

-Honors include Kansas City Star’s 150 most influential Kansas Citians (1998); Kansas City Globe’s 100 most influential African Americans (1991, 1992); Distinguished Citizen, Missouri Association of Welfare (1999); Distinguished Service by National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (2002)

-Board member, Prime Health Foundation

Said of James Nunnelly:

Jim Nunnelly has more than 30 years of commitment to building healthy communities through the creation of cutting-edge public health programs. He also seeks to enhance youth services through building the necessary infrastructure to support pro-youth public health strategies, programming and initiatives. Mr. Nunnelly has positively changed the face of mental health, prevention and substance abuse services in Jackson County. Through his leadership, policy and programing in substance abuse, treatment and prevention have become more in-line with best practices and national models. Innovation strategies that combine treatment, prevention and/or law enforcement have received national recognition and commendable results.”

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