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Ingham Cunty Health Department announces new medical health officer


INGHAM COUNTY, Mich. (WILX) – The Ingham County Health Department announced Thursday that Nike Shoyinka, MD, MPH, has been named Medical Health Officer effective February 18 by the Ingham County Board of Commissioners. Linda Vail, Ingham County’s current Health Officer, is retiring on February 17 after leading the department for more than 9 years.

Background: Linda Vail, health officer who led Ingham County through pandemic, announces retirement

In this role, Dr Shoyinka will be responsible for the strategic vision and direction of the health department. A medical health officer, as specified by Michigan’s Public Health Code, is a physician and the state’s top public health official.

“I am both honored and excited to step into this new role at Ingham County,” said Dr. Nike Shoyinka said. “As the health department begins to move into a post-pandemic phase, my top priority is to ensure that we rebuild our people and programs to best serve our community.”

Dr. Shoyinka holds a medical degree from the University of Ibadan Medical School and completed her Internal Medicine residency at Harlem Hospital at Columbia University in New York, an Infectious Disease Fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital/Wayne State University in Detroit completed, and a Preventive Medicine Residency at the University of Michigan. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Preventive Medicine.

Prior to being named Ingham County Medical Health Officer, Dr. Shoyinka served as Medical Director for both Ingham and Ionia County Health Departments. She oversaw public health clinical operations and medical oversight of all public health programs, including communicable disease and correctional health programs.

Ingham County Health Department said it expresses its sincere gratitude to Linda Vail for her dedicated years of service and leadership to the department and the county as Health Officer.

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