Blair Harrison was hired as the City’s next assistant public health administrator in late 2021. She brings with her 13 years of public health experience. Before starting with the City on December 6, Harrison was a senior advisor on health, homelessness and housing at the Minnesota Department of Health. She was highly involved in MDH’s pandemic response, with a focus on the state’s unhoused population.
“The last two years working on the pandemic response have been profound. We’ve seen the best of what public health can do,” Harrison said.
During her career, Harrison has focused on the social determinants of health, structural barriers and policies that limit the advancement of health and racial equity. This focus fits well with the Council’s inclusion and equity strategic priority.
“You can’t do public health work without addressing the justice issues of racism and inequity. I think that is the primary work,” Harrison said. “That work happens largely in the community with those who are impacted.” Harrison replaces former assistant public health administrator Nick Kelley, who was promoted to public health administrator in 2021.