DETROIT. Detroit’s new top doctor making an impact (Detroit News)

Karen Bouffard, The Detroit News

Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun took the top job at the Detroit Health Department a little over a month ago, and has already launched two public health initiatives with others in the works.

SisterFriends, announced by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan in his State of the City address, is an attempt to combat preterm births and infant mortality by matching young moms with volunteer mentors. The other initiative, Lead Safe Detroit, launched earlier this month, created a central clearinghouse for all of the city’s lead-related activities at

Joining the city’s Health Department as medical director last July was a dream come true for Khaldun, 36. She became Detroit’s top doctor on Feb. 17, when she was named executive director and health officer.

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