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Durham County Department of Public Health Welcomes New Health Director Rodney Jenkins

Post Date:01/13/2020 9:55 AM

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Durham, N.C. – The Durham County Department of Public Health (DCoDPH) has welcomed its new Health Director Rodney Jenkins, who assumed his duties January 13, 2020. Jenkins replaces Interim Health Director Joanne Pierce, who served in the role following Gayle Harris’ retirement as Health Director and General Manager of Community Health and Well-being for Durham County Government. Harris served 47 years in public service.

“Mr. Jenkins brings a complement of public health and other leadership experiences that will continue to guide DCoDPH forward as we work in partnership alongside community to address social drivers and advance equity to improve health outcomes for all,” said Pierce.

Jenkins comes to DCoDPH from his position as Deputy Health Director for the Cumberland County Department of Public Health, where he served for eight years. Jenkins earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from The Citadel - The Military College of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina and a Master of Health Administration from the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health. He also served eight years in the South Carolina Army National Guard, earning various awards and decorations.  

“I look forward to leading a dynamic public health workforce that is committed to excellence in service to the residents of Durham County,” said Jenkins. “I look forward to building on the legacy of purpose driven, evidence-based creativity in public health delivery.”