Oakland County’s Next Health Officer

Leigh-Anne Stafford will be Oakland County’s next health officer, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced April 25. She will manage a staff of 384 employees in the Oakland County Health Division which oversees public health in the county. Stafford replaces Kathy Forzley, whom Patterson recently appointed to lead the Health and Human Services Department.

Leigh-Anne Stafford

Leigh-Anne Stafford

“Leigh Anne’s energy, outlook, and qualifications will help Oakland County maintain its exceptional reputation as a public health leader in Michigan,” Patterson said. “She is a positive presence in the Health Division.”

Stafford has helped shape major Health Division projects. She was part of the leadership team for Energizing Connections for Healthier Oakland (ECHO), a countywide health improvement initiative focused on achieving a community where every individual that lives, works, or plays in Oakland County is a healthy person. She also co-chairs the Access to Care Action Team, which is focused on improving access to healthcare no matter what an individual’s economic circumstances are.

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