AZ Snyder

40 under 40 class of

Director/Health Officer

Pierce County Public Health Department Request speaker or expertise

BOLD SOLUTION: When the governor of Maryland declared a state of emergency due to the opioid crisis, AZ designed a comprehensive planning process for her county that shifted the conversation away from simply enforcement to a conversation about the root causes like childhood trauma, cycles of abuse, and care coordination. This process led to increased allocation of resources for prevention as well as statewide recognition as a best practice.

There is a lack of investment in public health in Wisconsin–the state spent only $15 per capita on public health in 2017, which consistently puts us in the bottom 10 states in the country. Wisconsin needs young public health professionals to devote their careers to public service. I am proud to be one of the youngest health officers in the state.