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Meet the WM Directors of Public Health


Deborah Harkins – Director of Public Health, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

I have worked in public health for 24 years, 18 of which were in the NHS in south Yorkshire and the north west. I have been the Chief Officer for Health and Wellbeing (Director of Public Health) at Dudley Council since February 2015.

Previously I worked in Lancashire County Council as Director of Health Protection and Policy and prior to the transfer of public health to local government I was Head of the Joint Health Unit between 2009 and 2012, which was a joint role between Lancashire County Council and the three Lancashire PCTs. Prior to working in Lancashire I was Deputy Director of Public Health in Bolton.

I began my public health career working as a researcher on a community development for health project in Sheffield and interviewed 1000 local people which allowed me to see for myself the impact that social inequalities and poor health have on people’s lives, and since then I have continued to strive for health equity in all my work.

Annual Report 2015/16 

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