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Kathy Forzley

Director, Department of Health and Human Services, Oakland County

Kathy Forzley was appointed by former Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson as director of the Oakland County Department of Health and Human Services in 2017. In this role, she provides oversight of the Health Division, Children’s Village, and Homeland Security divisions.

As a recognized public health expert, Forzley’s leadership has focused on population health improvement through numerous collaborative efforts that comprehensively align community partners and resources around complex health issues. Under her oversight, Forzley has created and sustained numerous award-winning community initiatives such as Healthy Pontiac, We Can!, Homeless Healthcare Collaboration, and a countywide health improvement initiative known as Energizing Connections for Healthier Oakland (ECHO).

Prior to her current position, Forzley was the Health Officer of the Oakland County Health Division, Administrator of Oakland County Health Division’s Environmental Health Services, and worked as a Registered Environmental Health Sanitarian. Forzley has a master’s in public administration and a dual Bachelor of Arts in biology and Bachelor of Science in environmental health from Oakland University.