Congrats to AzPHA member Dr. Marcy Flanagan who has been appointed as a Deputy County Manager for Maricopa County government. For the last several years Dr. Flanagan has been serving as the director for the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. Marcy also served as the director of the Pima County Health Department for several years.

Marcy is a veteran public health practitioner with more than 23 years of public health work behind her.  She’s been a champion for the thousands of Pima and Maricopa County residents her agencies have served.

In addition to being a member of AzPHA, she’s a member of the APHA and serves on the Metropolitan Education Commission and National Association of City and County Health Officials. She has also been the President of the Arizona Association of Local Health Officers Association.

Marcy grew up in a small farm town in Michigan and came to Arizona for her freshman year of high school. After graduating from Paradise Valley High School, she moved to Tucson to attend the U of A. She fell in love with Arizona and has lived here ever since.

Outside of spending time with her family, she loves reading, going to the movies, walking in Reid Park, golfing, and taking girl trips with her friends. Marcy earned a BS in Sociology from the U of A and a master’s in administration from NAU. She also earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration Leadership from Walden University.

AzPHA is delighted to have Marcy in her important leadership position within Arizona’s public health system!

Jeanene Fowler will now serve as the Interim Director of Maricopa County Department of Public Health. Jeanene is a household name in Arizona’s public health world, a nearly 20-year veteran of Maricopa County Department of Public Health, the 3rd largest health jurisdiction in the U.S.  With a background in marketing & communications, she started her service in 2005 as the Public Information Officer.

This position laid a solid foundation in learning public health programming as well as the principles of risk communications allowing her to flourish into a true public health practitioner. Since then, she has served in roles that included Public Information Supervisor, Program Operation Administrator and most recently, Assistant Director.

Throughout the years, Jeanene has held leadership roles in MCDPH’s response to numerous emergencies such as H1N1 and COVID 19. She has had the opportunity to help the agency in becoming an accredited health department and also growing its capacity by completing numerous county-wide community health needs assessments. Over the last few years, much of her work has been focused on leading the department’s effort with developing and implementing a strategic plan focused on combatting the issue of substance use and misuse.

A native of Massachusetts, Jeanene has called Arizona home for more than 25 years. She is a proud graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in marketing and public relations. Please join us in welcoming Jeanene in her new interim role as Maricopa County’s Director of Public Health…  a role that she has earned after more than two decades in public health in leadership positions!

Solid choices by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors & County Manager Jen Pokorski!