Colleen Healy Boufides

Deputy Director, Mid-States Region

Network for Public Health Law, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Knowing that law is crucial to promoting healthier communities, Colleen Healy Boufides, JD, continuously works to encourage the public health workforce through education, technical assistance, trainings, and practical tools. As a deputy director for the Mid-States Region of the Network for Public Health Law, housed at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Colleen is driven by a commitment to health equity. She provides legal technical assistance to public health practitioners, leads innovative research projects, and supports and mentors students and new attorneys entering the public health field. She has also led the planning and development of annual public health law training sessions for practitioners across Michigan.

Colleen received her law degree from Duke University School of Law and her Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University-the Barrett Honors College, where she studied psychology and global health.

BOLD SOLUTION: Colleen helped develop a comprehensive legal analysis of the Flint water crisis to prevent futures crises and improve legal preparedness. The findings have been disseminated to policymakers across the country to inform their public health efforts.
Recognizing that law is an extraordinarily powerful tool for shaping our society and thus for influencing health outcomes, I strive to contribute to the public health field by helping professionals and advocates understand and effectively use law to promote health.