Joneigh Khaldun

Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy Director for Health

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

For over a decade, Dr. Joneigh Slaughter Khaldun has successfully led efforts to improve the health of communities across the country. She is currently the Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy Director for Health in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. In those roles, she provides overall medical guidance for the State of Michigan and oversees public health, Medicaid, public hospitals, behavioral health, and mental health services. She was previously the Director and Health Officer for Detroit’s Health Department, where she spearheaded new initiatives that addressed lead poisoning, teen pregnancy prevention, and outreach to people living in foreclosed homes. Prior to moving to her home state of Michigan, she was the Chief Medical Officer for the Baltimore City Health Department, where she oversaw seven clinics and led efforts to address the opioid epidemic. In her previous roles, she helped develop a hospital-based violence prevention program in Brooklyn, N.Y., and led development of a multi-pronged approach to youth violence prevention in Washington, D.C. She also served as a fellow in the Obama Administration’s Office of Health Reform, where she supported implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Dr. Khaldun holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and MD from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her emergency medicine residency at SUNY Downstate/Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she was elected chief resident in her final year. After residency, she attended George Washington University, where she completed her MPH and fellowship in health policy.

BOLD SOLUTION: Dr. Khaldun developed a collaborative coalition composed of 25 organizational members from social service organizations, foundations, clinics, hospitals, and business partners to develop a comprehensive community health assessment. This assessment engaged over 1,200 Detroiters and will serve as a roadmap for collaborative public health efforts in Detroit.
My goal is to create a sustainable, strengths-based public health system that supports and protects the health of all Michiganders. Understanding that no state or local health department can do this alone, I want to leverage policy and non-traditional partnerships to create environments and systems that improve health.