Department of Health announces new health commissioner
On Monday, Sept. 6, the City of St. Louis Health Department announced that Victoria Anwuri will join the Health Department staff as Health Commissioner.
“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Victoria Anwuri as the City of St. Louis Health Commissioner. She brings more than 20 years of equity-focused public and community health experience to the Department of Health,” said Dr. Mati Hlatshwayo Davis, Chief Health Officer for the City of St. Louis. “I am delighted to be able to tap into his extensive expertise and experience in strategic planning, programming, multidisciplinary evaluations, and management of federal and state grants and contracts.”
Ms. Anwuri joins the Department of Health from her current position as associate director of the Institute of Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis. At the Institute, she oversees all research, programmatic, administrative and operational activities. Prior to accepting this position, Ms. Anwuri held several other positions at the University of Washington and also worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, as a public health fellow where she conducted policy, environmental and systems research. interventions that promote health.
With her experience in overseeing all programmatic, administrative and operational activities of the Institute of Public Health, Ms. Anwuri will be able to immediately provide much needed support to Dr. Mati Hlatshwayo Davis in the organizational and administrative operations of the Ministry of Health. Health, which is a current priority for her for the department and to fill this position.
Ms. Anwuri is also adept at building partnerships with national and local stakeholders from different disciplines to achieve positive results. Partnerships and collaborations are at the heart of the soul of public health operations and efforts in the City of St. Louis.
Born in the Los Angeles area of Southern California, Ms. Anwuri is a long-time resident of St. Louis. She holds a Masters in Public Health from the Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice (formerly Saint Louis University School of Public Health) where she was inducted into Delta Omega, the Honorary Public Health Society. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Anwuri College where she studied psychology.
The position of commissioner has general oversight of public health and is responsible for the administration of public health programs. The Commissioner is also responsible for ensuring compliance with and enforcement of laws and ordinances relating to public health.
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