ICHD has the statutory responsibility to protect and promote the public health. The Department shall administer programs to prevent and control environmental hazards, prevent and control disease, and prevent and control health problems in vulnerable populations. The Department will assess and monitor the health status of Ingham County, identify major health problems, and develop strategies through a community based process to achieve the highest level of health possible for Ingham County residents.


Each individual is valuable and unique and an integral member of our community. The health and well-being of each person is essential to the optimum development of our community. In carrying out its statutory duties to protect and promote public health, the employees of the Department shall treat each client and fellow employee with respect and fairness. The Department’s philosophy is to promote the highest level of health through appreciation of the highest value of human life.

Ingham County Health Department Administration

Linda S. Vail, M.P.A., Health Officer

Debbie Edokpolo, M.S.W., Deputy Health Officer
Russ Kolski, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.A, Deputy Health Officer/Executive Director-Community Health Centers
Sugandha Lowhim, M.D., M.P.H., Medical Director
Joel Murr, M.P.A., Deputy Health Officer
Eric Thelen, M.B.A., Chief Financial Officer
Erik Wert, D.O., Medical Director of the Ingham Community Health Centers