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Meet Nick Kelley

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Bloomington Briefing Published August 4, 2021
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Nick Kelley officially started as public health administrator on May 3. But his interest in infectious diseases began when he discovered Sinclair Lewis’ Arrowsmith as a child. The story included something called particle x that had the ability to treat infection. 

“I’ve been fascinated by how infectious diseases changed history,” Kelley said. “We saw dramatic shifts in how society was structured. Buildings were modified to allow for open air after 1918 after what was called the Spanish flu.” 

Nick was appointed acting public health administrator last October. He was assistant public health administrator for five years before. 

“The pandemic has really shone a spotlight on Public Health. We’ve been here all along, often operating in the shadows. We’ve been that safety net behind the scenes helping people living healthy lives for a long time,” he said. 

Check out a video on Nick and his role at the City at

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