Dr. Murray has spent her career serving the medically under served. She has worked in a variety of settings including practicing Occupational Medicine at a Workers Clinic in Canada, Residency Director for Occupational Medicine at Meharry Medical College, and Bureau Chief for the Chicago Department of Health under Mayor Harold Washington. Dr. Murray worked as Medical Director of the federally funded health center serving Cabrini Green Public Housing Project in Chicago. Dr. Murray has been an active member of a wide range of local and national organizations including serving as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for ATSDR, the Board of Scientific Counselors for NIOSH, and the Board of Directors of Trinity Health (a large Catholic Health system).
In 1997 Dr. Murray returned to the Cook County Health System where she served as Chief Medical Officer -Primary Care; and served as an attending physician in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Cook County Hospital. Dr. Murray has worked in leadership roles in many public health organizations including NACCHO’s Health Equity and Social Justice Team, and the national executive board of APHA. During 2011 she served as President of the American Public Health Association. In December 2014, she retired from her position as the Chief Medical officer for the Cook County Department of Public Health of the Cook County Health & Hospital System, the PHAB accredited and state certified public health department for suburban Cook County.
Today she continues to practice as a voluntary general internist one of County’s health centers and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois School of Public Health. She serves on many local and national boards including the Chicago based Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. She remains passionate about increasing the number of Black and Latino health professionals and serves on the Urban Health Program Community Advisory Committee at the University of Illinois.
Dr. Murray is devoting the rest of her career to being an enthusiastic full time trouble maker. She has been a voice for social justice and health as a basic human right for over fifty years.
The American Public Health Association remains a strong voice defending the health of the people of the USA and those around the globe. Our strength rests on the vitality of our component parts; our caucuses, affiliates and sections. The governing council elects our executive board, approves our budget, and sets our agenda and priorities.
Today, our nation is beset with division and acrimony. During such a period it is critical that public health workers speak clearly, and work closely with the people we serve. In order to accomplish that goal APHA members must discuss and debate the issues of the day. This means that the Governing Council must be a place where all voices can be heard, and all important policy agendas be considered.
The role of the Speaker of the Governing Council is to help the Governing Council accomplish that goal. I have served for over a decade as a member of the Governing Council; as a representative of my section, a member of the Executive Board, and as a past President. I know that the actions taken by the Governing Council are critical to the internal health of APHA. Our policy resolutions are often used by other organizations to advocate for policy changes at the national, state and local levels.
I believe that during this time a vigorous healthy discussion within the Governing Council is a necessary prerequisite for a strong APHA. As Speaker, I would work to create an atmosphere of open democratic debate to produce a policy agenda that is informed by science and based on our values. Such an agenda will help galvanize others, particularly those outside of the health sector, to join in our struggle to create a healthy planet and a world at peace where social justice finally become a reality.