Bruce Bragg has served as Acting Associate Director of the Institute for Health Policy, College of Human Medicine since February 2012. His work with the Institute began in March 2007 when he was employed as an Outreach Specialist. Mr. Bragg has a BS in Economics from the University of Oregon and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Michigan. As an Outreach Specialist, Mr. Bragg consulted with the Michigan Department of Community Health on infrastructure development for state and local public health organizations and worked on special projects for the Institute for Health Policy. In the Program in Public Health, Mr. Bragg taught the Public Health Administration course, served as a faculty advisor and worked to develop domestic and international practicum experiences for MPH candidates.
For 30 years Mr. Bragg served as the Director of the Ingham County Health Department (ICHD) in Lansing, Michigan. The ICHD operates a network of community health centers with Federally Qualified Health Center status. The Department is responsible for traditional public health functions, including preparedness, environmental health and disease control services. It serves as the administrative agent for a network of county health plans throughout Michigan which enroll more than 50,000 uninsured persons in a basic health benefit product.
Beginning in the mid-1990’s, with the financial support and guidance of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Community Voices project), the ICHD developed deep roots in the community by engaging many diverse populations in learning about the causes of disease and diminished health status. This process resulted in broad participation of these groups and individuals in community organizations and activities.
Mr. Bragg was a long serving member of the National Association for County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), serving on the Board of Directors, many of its advisory committees and representing NACCHO on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality. He served for ten years as a member of the Ingham Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees. He currently serves as a member of the Ingham County Human Services Board, the Ingham Health Plan Corporation Board, the Michigan Local Public Health Accreditation Commission and Consumers Mutual Insurance of Michigan Board of Directors.