Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness (LMPHW) and the city’s Chief Health Strategist, was recognized today by the de Beaumont Foundationas one of its inaugural 40 Under 40 in Public Health. The 40 rising stars of public health were chosen by a panel of judges for their fresh perspectives, creative problem-solving, and innovative health solutions in communities across the country.
“We launched 40 Under 40 to humanize the public health field and show the diversity of the individuals who commit to strengthening the health of our nation’s communities,” said Brian C. Castrucci, DrPH, president and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation. “Public health is different from healthcare, and by elevating the work and voices of these inspiring leaders, we hope to attract and motivate other professionals to bring creativity and innovation to the future of public health.”
Nominations for 40 Under 40 in Public Health were submitted between November 2018 and February 2019. The nomination pool included job titles ranges from health commissioner and director of health equity to doula and epidemiologist. Each chosen honoree has made significant contributions to their community and the field of public health in their respective areas.
“I am incredibly honored,” said Dr. Moyer. “I accept this award on behalf of our 200 LMPHW employees who work day in and day out to help us achieve our vision of creating a healthy Louisville where everyone and every community thrives.”
“Dr. Moyer is a bold, innovative leader and problem solver,” said Mayor Greg Fisher. “Under her leadership we’ve adopted a health-in-all-policies approach for all of Louisville Metro Government, provided racial healing training to hundreds of employees, launched a syringe exchange program that provides harm reduction services to 19,000 participants, and implemented ‘Hope, Healing and Recovery’, our citywide plan to address substance use disorder. She is truly our city’s Health Strategist.”
Dr. Moyer also holds a faculty position at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences.
“Under Dr. Moyer’s leadership, our collaboration with the health department is stronger than it’s ever been,” said Dr. Craig Blakely, dean. “We work together on research and grant opportunities, but most importantly, we work together to give public health students relevant, practical skills that help them become our future public health professionals.This award for Dr. Moyer is well-deserved.”
Nominees were evaluated by a distinguished panel of professionals from the nonprofit, business, and higher education sectors on their demonstrated leadership, their contributions to their community’s health, and their collaboration with other organizations in public health and other sectors.
For more information about 40 Under 40 in Public Health, including detailed eligibility and selection criteria, visit debeaumont.org/40Under40.