Joneigh S. Khaldun, MD, MPH, FACEP, is the Director and Health Officer for the Detroit Health Department and a practicing emergency physician at Henry Ford Hospital. As Detroit’s chief health strategist, she executes the city’s health agenda through collaborative partnerships, evidence-based programs, and a social justice lens focused on the resilience and strength of Detroiters. Under Dr. Khaldun’s leadership, Detroit launched an 18-month community health assessment, and bridged health systems and public health in an effort to reduce infant mortality and unintended teen pregnancy. She is the driving force behind a proactive strategy to address child lead poisoning, restructuring of the city’s animal welfare services, and several collaborations to tackle the opioid epidemic and violence as a public health issue.
Most recently, Dr. Khaldun was the Chief Medical Officer of the Baltimore City Health Department, where she oversaw seven clinics and focused on robust partnerships to address the opioid epidemic. She has held several other local and national leadership positions, including Director of the Center for Injury Prevention and Control at George Washington University; Founder and Director of the Fellowship in Health Policy in the University of Maryland Department of Emergency Medicine; and Fellow in the Obama administration’s Office of Health Reform, where she worked on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including the National Prevention Strategy.
Dr. Khaldun obtained her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Michigan, her MD from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and MPH in health policy from George Washington University.
Community health workers really do need to be from the community.
To what extent do health departments find the necessary community resources to solve public health problems, and to what extent do they need to build from scratch?
Health crises often unmask deep, underlying disparities and disadvantage in the communities that health care providers serve.
Given the asymmetry between large health care systems and community groups, how can the voice of community groups be brought in as equal partners?
Examples of a public health and health system partnership, payer and provider partnership, and multi-hospital partnership that led to improved health care outcomes.
Strategically integrated partnerships between public health, health systems, and the communities they serve are the only way to truly change our nation’s health outcomes.