Kenneth Steel

Health Policy Analyst

Maricopa County Department of Public Health

As the most senior health policy analyst of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Kenneth Steel has helped to strengthen the culture and practice of policy, systems, and environmental approaches throughout the department. He has led efforts to create and provide training opportunities including Policy 101, Advocacy vs. Lobbying, and annual Legislative Updates. He has also helped build funding mechanisms for grants to schools and other partners. In this portfolio of work, more than $500,000 has been distributed to the community. As co-chair of the Arizona Alliance for Livable Communities since 2015, Kenneth ensures that dozens of diverse members and almost 1,000 email contacts work together on a mission to advocate for and incorporate health and equity into policy and planning initiatives such as municipal General Plans and Transportation Plans.

Kenneth holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Texas and a master’s in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science with a concentration in Health Disparities from the UT Health School of Public Health.

BOLD SOLUTION: Kenneth is a founding member of the Maricopa County Food System Coalition, which funded and completed a comprehensive Regional Food System Assessment, developed of the City of Phoenix’s groundbreaking Food Action Plan, has has been recognized as an EPA Local Foods, Local Places site. The mission of the Maricopa County Food System Coalition is to support and grow a food system in Maricopa County that is equitable, healthy, sustainable, and thriving.
The reality is that the dominant narrative of what causes health outcomes in communities throughout Arizona is still heavily rooted in personal responsibility and in access to healthcare. Therefore, I plan to continue working alongside trusted partners in Maricopa County and throughout Arizona to not only advance policy initiatives within key areas of the social and economic determinants of health but also to continue to educate and build awareness about what health and health equity really are.