FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 10, 2018
Contact: Angela Minicuci, 517-241-2112
LANSING, Mich. – Eden V. Wells, MD, MPH, FACP, chief medical executive for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), received the Michigan Association for Local Public Health (MALPH) and the Michigan Public Health Association (MPHA) Roy R. Manty – Distinguished Service Award on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, during the Michigan Premier Public Health Conference Awards Ceremony in Bay City.
The MALPH and MPHA Executive Committees selected Dr. Wells for this honor due their high regard for her achievements, passion, and commitment of excellence in the field of public health.
"Dr. Wells consistently provides local public health departments and practioners timely (usually immediate), intelligent, expert, reliable, and compassionate support for the entire array of expected and unexpected community health issues that arise daily in our State,” said Dr. Annette Mercatante, MD, MPH, president of MALPH. “Her contribution to the health and well-being of the people of Michigan is huge and greatly appreciated by all those privileged to work with her, and should be acknowledged on behalf of every person who lives or works in Michigan.”
Dr. Wells was appointed as the chief medical executive for MDHHS in May 2015 and was elevated to a Cabinet-level position in September 2016. She serves Michigan citizens by providing professional medical leadership, expertise and coordination to the MDHHS and the State of Michigan efforts to instill a “health in all policies” perspective, address workforce issues and respond to existing and emerging health concerns.
Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Wells served as a medical consultant to the Bureau of Epidemiology within the former Michigan Department of Community Health and medical epidemiologist from 2004-2011. During her tenure, her activities included investigation of and response to public health incidents and outbreaks. She was also engaged in preparedness planning for potential bioterrorism and pandemic influenza events.
Dr. Wells received her medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University Hospitals before completing a Preventive Medicine residency at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. She is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine.
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