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The College of Human Medicine appoints interim director for Division of Public Health

Debra Furr-Holden
The College of Human Medicine is pleased to announce that C.S. Mott Endowed Professor Debra Furr-Holden has been appointed interim director of the MSU College of Human Medicine Division of Public Health. In addition to her new role, Dr. Furr-Holden will continue in her current position as director of the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions and co-director of the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center.

Dr. Furr-Holden is an internationally renowned epidemiologist with expertise in addiction epidemiology, prevention science, psychosocial measurement and behavioral health equity research, interventions and policy. In 2006, she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by virtue of her early career accomplishments in environmental research. 

During the past decade, Dr. Furr-Holden’s research has focused on developing environmental strategies, structural and policy interventions to promote behavioral health and health equity. She has worked extensively with a wide range of partners including community-based organizations, local municipal officials and policy makers. Her research has supported legislative efforts to impact zoning as well as state-level legislation to promote behavioral health equity.

“Debra’s collaborative approach to research has been very well received by community stakeholders in Flint and across the state,” said Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., MD, MHS, dean, MSU College of Human Medicine. “We believe her management and leadership strengths are key to the successful trajectory of our public health research growth in Flint.”

Dr. Furr-Holden will have administrative responsibility for all the activities of the Division of Public Health, which includes the core research faculty and staff, the MSU-Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, the Institute for Health Policy, and the Master of Public Health degree program.

“The college also extends our great appreciation to Dr. Aron Sousa for his transformative efforts and ongoing advocacy in Flint,” said Beauchamp.