Jim Bloyd

Jim Bloyd is a Teacher Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. He has worked in tobacco prevention, school health, and STI prevention doing contact tracing at the Cook County Dept of Public Health (CCDPH). Jim helped establish a school-based health center in Cicero, Illinois, and in 2015 co-lead the community health improvement planning process that prioritized structural racism as a public health problem for suburban Cook County. He spearheaded the 2018 "CCDPH Roots of Health Inequity Dialogues" staff development initiative. In March 2020 he supervised the CCDPH Covid-19 phone hotline, and later staffed the Directors’ weekly webinars updating suburban Cook County partners on the pandemic. He was a member of the Health Equity and Social Justice Committee of the National Association of County and City Health Officials from 2014 to 2018 and a fellow in the Human Impact Partners public health and equity leadership cohort in 2014. In July, 2020 he was an invited presenter by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for "Promising Practices in Health Equity" (https://youtu.be/e2XXXyb7C28). Jim retired from CCDPH in October of 2020. In 2021 he completed his dissertation, “Public Health Leadership to Achieve Health Equity: A Case Study of a National Community of Practice” and received the DrPH degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. He has practiced at three public health departments; Los Angeles County, California; and Lake and Cook Counties, in Illinois, since receiving his master’s degree from UCLA. He was drawn to public health because of its foundation in social justice.