City of Phoenix’s first public health adviser to step into role next month

Sep 15, 2022, 4:05 AM
Nicole Deupuis-Witt will step into her new role as the city of Phoenix's first public health adviso...
Nicole Deupuis-Witt will step into her new role as the city of Phoenix's first public health advisor in mid-October. (City of Phoenix Photo)
(City of Phoenix Photo)

PHOENIX — The city of Phoenix announced on Monday its first public health adviser will join the team in mid-October.

Nicole Dupuis-Witt will step into the new role to assist with achieving public health objectives on Oct. 15, the city announced in a press release.

“The addition of public health expertise to our leadership team strengthens our ability to address public health needs across the city,” City Manager Jeff Barton said in the release.

“Public health is a central tenant to many of the city’s top priorities, including heat responses and mitigation, housing and homelessness, food systems, senior services and transportation.”

Dupuis-Witt, formerly the chief executive officer for the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit in Ontario, Canada, brings 15 years of experience in leading transformative health initiatives.

She has worked in rural and urban districts across three countries, while leading issues ranging from COVID-19, the opioid crisis, community food insecurity and mental health services.

“I am incredibly excited to return to Arizona and join the team at the city of Phoenix. It is an honor and privilege to be selected to serve the city as its first public health adviser,” Nicole Dupuis-Witt said in the release.

“While COVID-19 will continue to be an important public health priority for the near future, I look forward to working with the community on other critical public health issues and the vision toward a healthier Phoenix.”

The public health adviser received her undergraduate degree in anthropology at Arizona State University and her master’s of public health degree from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

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