Jeanne Ayers, MPH

Assistant Commissioner

Minnesota Department of Public Health

St Cloud, MN

Jeanne F. Ayers was appointed in January 2011 to serve as assistant commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Health, where she is responsible for overseeing the department’s Health Improvement Bureau. This bureau includes the Community and Family Health Division, the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Division, the Center for Health Equity and the Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives.

Prior to her appointment, Ayers served as director of nursing and preventive services at the University of Minnesota Boynton Health Service. She also launched and directed the Healthy Heartland Initiative, a partnership of six community organizations in Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Minnesota dedicated to building capacity and leadership to affect public policy to assure health equity and healthy communities.

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